Commissioners Prepare for Continued Repairs to Courthouse Foundation Project
Lee County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday and approved two new Change Orders (CO) for the Courthouse Project. Engineers continue to find “voids” in the lower foundation of the historic building that are considered a main cause to the structural damage the facility has suffered over recent years. These voids must be filled and/or rebuilt in order to provide adequate foundation for the outer walls of the building. The cost of these two COs total about $4,000, but more is expected.
As indicated earlier, the engineers are continuing to find new voids in the footing underlying the Courthouse. With these new finds, the Commissioners felt it necessary to add $ 20,000 to the Contract Contingency Fund for the Courthouse repair project. In order to avoid undue delay, the Court authorized Lee County Judge Paul Fischer to approve future change orders as needed, which will be presented to the full Court at a later date.
In other action, the Court appointed a Committee to examine and review different options for the County Clerk’s Office, since the current lease on the Clerk’s space will expire in about a year.
With the Fire Danger Index averaging about 643 for the past week, the Commissioners voted to extend the County Wide Burn Ban. Due to the wide-spread drought, only about six or seven counties in Texas do not have a Burn Ban in effect at this time.
The Commissioners also voted to keep in place the same Optional Fee schedule for the year 2012.