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Commissioners receive updates on courthouse projects

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By Chris Edwards
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WOODVILLE – Tyler County commissioners received updates on the ongoing remediation work for the courthouse at Monday morning’s meeting of the commissioners court.

One agenda item involved the authorization of LaBiche Architectural Group to begin repairs to the building’s roof. The Beaumont-based firm has been appointed to serve as the preservation architects for the project, in accordance with the Texas Historical Commission’s requirements of the county to fulfill. The roof repairs are a separate category of work from the ongoing remediation work and eventual restoration, according to County Judge Jacques Blanchette. “There is a category of emergency need that the county has,” Blanchette said.

“By having the architect already engaged to represent the county he is authorized to move us through the process with the Historical Commission…I’m asking the court to allow him to go ahead move forward with getting the roof repaired,” he said.

Under the regular agenda item for remediation updates, Blanchette said the county is awaiting additional work to be completed by LaBiche. The firm is about 30% done on its drawings for the project. When that phase is complete, the drawings will be submitted to THC for approval.

Hurricane Harvey buyout application
Commissioners approved a resolution to submit to the Texas General Land Office for the acquisition and buyout component of the Hurricane Harvey funding package for the county.

Blanchette said the resolution was recommended by Lesley Waxman for articulation’s sake. “She was concerned the General Land Office might possibly come back at a later time and say we didn’t specifically articulate this part of it,” he said.

Other Business
During Monday’s regular meeting, the commissioners also approved the following items:

• The optional fees from vehicle registration in the county was approved. The additional $1.50, which is a child safety fee, collected through vehicle registrants, was created by the Texas Legislature in 1991 to put toward programs which promote child safety. One program the money has benefitted in Tyler County is the summer youth work program. Terry Allen, who heads up the program, spoke about the value of it and the work experience county youth are able to gain.
Allen said that through the program, since it began, the county has hired about 130 students from across the county.

• The purchase of a 2018 Dodge Ram 3500 from Pearman Motor Company for Precinct 1 was approved. Pct. 1 Commissioner Martin Nash noted that although the purchase is below $50K, he wanted to bring it to the court’s attention.

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