By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE – Tyler County Judge Jacques Blanchette was in a reflective mood during the last meeting of the commissioners court on Monday, Dec. 23.
Blanchette congratulated the two newest additions to the court, Stevan Sturrock and Buck Hudson, for their service to the county, and noted that they were elected at a time when challenges lay before the county’s governing body, notably the continuing remediation work on the courthouse.
Within the regular agenda items, the commissioners voted to award a bid to Marsh Waterproofing for the re-roofing project on the courthouse. The bid from Marsh on the project was the sole bid received early in December, and it was submitted to architect Dohn LaBiche to see if it met the requirements to be in compliance with the Texas Historical Commission.
LaBiche recommended the bid to the county, as it met all the specifications. In addition to awarding the bid for the needed repair work, one item on the agenda concerned paying the bills from LaBiche’s firm for work to the courthouse.
Part of the invoice to the county involved rehabilitation work to the courthouse, in addition to the work LaBiche had put toward the roofing project.
Sturrock clarified that the rehabilitation component was separate and optional from the THC-required remediation work and requested that issues pertaining to courthouse rehabilitation be looked at separately, and only after necessary or mandated steps were completed. The commissioners voted to approve paying LaBiche for the roofing work.
In his remarks on the standing agenda item concerning the courthouse work, Blanchette said the project, overall, is “moving in a very appropriate way.”
Tina Cleberg, the county’s veterans service officer, gave a report to the court, and said her office has been “fairly active.” Cleberg said during the months of November and December, her office saw 191 veterans, and provided “good support for vets who need assistance.”
Commissioners gave recognition to Jim Boone and Kelly Jobe for their respective years of service to Tyler County. Boone, who served for five years on the board of the Southeast Texas Groundwater Conservation District, and Jobe, who is retiring from her position as the Family and Community Health Agent from the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Office, were both on hand to receive plaques recognizing their years of service.