2010-07-15 / Front Page

Design for Repairs to Courthouse Ready For Texas State Historical Commission

Many people enjoy our park on HWY 77. The City has just re- painted the Gazebo. Many people enjoy our park on HWY 77. The City has just re- painted the Gazebo. Lee County Commissioners on Monday heard from Wiss, Janey, & Elstner and Assoc., Inc, on some of the details and responses and comments from the Texas State Historical Commission regarding the upcoming final submission of the Courthouse repairs to the Historical Commission.

The County Commissioners approved the plans prepared by Wiss, Janey, & Elstner and Assoc., Inc.as a part of the process of securing final State approval. These plans will now be submitted to the Texas Historical Commission for their final comments and approval. After approval, the plans will then be put out for bids, and the first phase of repair can then begin.

The entire process of repairing the drainage and structural issues with the Courthouse is expected to take a period of years. The most obvious of these issues are the number of large cracks appearing throughout the building. After these initial, emergency repairs are completed, the engineers are recommending that about a year pass in order to adequately measure and determine what the next steps should be.

The Engineering firm has requested and the Court’s Courthouse Committee has agreed to hold weekly meetings for updates on progress and to more effectively communicate issues and any concerns raised by the Historical Commission. The Committee consists of Judge Paul Fisher, Commissioner Doug Hartfield, County Attorney Martin Placke, Administrative Assistant Hilary Kieschnick, and County Auditor Maxine Siegmund. The times for the weekly open meetings have not yet been set.In other actions, the Court accepted the Giddings-Lee County Airport‘s Proposed Budget for 2010-2011 .

In discussions concerning the County Building at 849 East Industry, Giddings, the Court received word that St. Marks Hospital is not interested in leasing the building at this time. The matter was tabled till a later time, but the electricity for the building will now be charged to the County so that the temperature can be maintained at a reasonable level to minimize any deterioration.

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