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Commissioners take steps toward courthouse project

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By Chris Edwards
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WOODVILLE – At its first regular meeting of the month on Monday, the Tyler County Commissioners Court voted on items to move forward with the remediation work for the courthouse.

The commissioners voted to hire an independent contractor to serve as the project manager over the project and to issue a request for proposal to draw interest from contractors.

In April, the commissioners unanimously voted to approve County Judge Jacques Blanchette to execute a remediation agreement with the Texas Historical Commission concerning the restoration work on the courthouse. The county must undertake a series of steps as part of the remedial agreement with the state, including hiring a preservation architect.

Blanchette said on Monday morning that discussions have spoken to the necessity of hiring an independent contractor as project manager for the overall scope of the work.

Blanchette also addressed the matter of hiring a preservation architect and said that several architects have expressed interest in working on the project in that capacity.

In order to keep the commissioners abreast of the courthouse project, Blanchette put a standing item on the court agenda. “This is so I can brief the court on a continuous basis,” he said.

Blanchette said that the county is “on track, but on a tight track with everything that needs to be done” with the courthouse remediation project.

County to acquire new mainframe server
On Monday commissioners approved a bid from NetData for a new mainframe server for the county. The old server, an IBM AS 400, has been in use since 2002 and is nearing the end of its life, according to county auditor Jackie Skinner.

Skinner said the money to cover the acquisition will come from the data processing line item in the county budget, and everything, including necessary licenses, are included with NetData’s bid package.

The existing server will be replaced with an IBM Power System S914 mainframe server. Commissioners approved the bid along with a software suite, recommended by NetData in the bid. Pct. 1 Commissioner Martin Nash put forth the motion, along with the added wording about the software. Blanchette said that Skinner had addressed concerns previously with the current server.

During Monday’s meeting, commissioners also voted to approve the following items:
• Commissioners accepted a donation on behalf of Kirby Memorial Chapel for its upkeep. The donation was given to the county years ago and placed in a CD. A line item will be made in the budget for the donation.
• A memorandum of understanding was approved between Pct. 2 and Ken and Kelly Jobe for the temporary storage of equipment and road materials. Another MOU was approved in the same Pct. between the county and the City of Chester for temporary storage of equipment and road materials on the city’s property.
• Commissioners approved the sale of a 2016 Volvo dump truck from Pct. 3 to Pct. 2.
• The lease/purchase of a 2019 Mack dump truck from Bruckner’s Truck Trailer Sales of Wichita Falls, through HGAC, for Pct. 3 was approved. Financing will be through First National Bank of Wichita Falls.

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