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2011-04-28 / Front Page

Who’s Elevator Doesn’t Go All the Way Up?

The Lee County Commissioners were made aware this week that the elevator in the Courthouse is not operational and that it will cost at least $50,000 to repair. After some discussion about the matter during this week’s Commissioners’ Court meeting, the Commissioners are looking at ways to expedite the repair process and at ways to seek grant funds to help offset some of the cost.

Commissioners also approved a Resolution in support of keeping the Giddings State School open. The State of Texas is looking at closing several Texas Youth Commission facilities, including the one in Giddings.

As pointed out by Lee County Judge Paul Fischer, about 435 people are employed by the School and of these, roughly half are from Lee County, so closing the School would have a major negative impact on the area.

Commissioners reported that there is a meeting set by the State Officials this coming Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Giddings High School to get public input on the issue.

In other action, the Court agreed to seek bids for seven projects for the Lee County Law Enforcement Center, all of which are either necessary upgrades or things not included in the original construction.

After a brief discussion, the Burn Ban was continued. The discussion centered around increasing the restrictions on outside burning, but it was decided that the existing restrictions are sufficient.

The Court also agreed to contract with Gabriel Roeder Smith and Company for actuarial services that are now required in order to accurately evaluate the County’s post- retirement liabilities for employees.

First National Bank was named the County Depository.

The Commissioners agreed to a lease amendment with the Lee County Appraisal District for additional space in the Courthouse Annex, and approved a Budget Amendment for additional costs associated with the Courthouse Repair Project.

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