Washington County Commissioners accepted a bid for an upgraded sound system at the Washington County Expo at their meeting today (Tuesday).

The court went with the bid of Brightengale out of Houston in the amount of $354,083, to be paid with American Rescue Plan Act funds, for a digitally integrated public announcing system.

Last month, when the court agreed to seek requests for proposals (RFPs), Expo Director Harrison Williams said this project is intended to address complaints from guests about the audio at the Expo. 

Williams said the final bid received covers a larger scope and is actually less than what was initially budgeted for.

Williams said a benefit of this new system is that it does not require as much in-person support from the vendor, as most of it can be provided remotely.  He did say that for the first year of using this new technology, he would like to have on-site support during the county fair to help with any issues that may arise.

Williams said the priority is to have the systems in the livestock barns and sales facility completed by August 1st in time for the fair.  The event center and VIP building would be finished soon after if not within that timeframe.   

Also at today’s meeting, commissioners:

  • Approved the selection of engineering/architectural service providers and authorizing the county judge to enter negotiations regarding terms, cost and project details to complete project implementation for the EMS District 6 response station that will be located on federal property near Lake Somerville Marina in Washington County.  Negotiations will take place with firms in the order of Keese & Associates, Cutright & Prihoda Architects, CasaBella Architects, Aran & Franklin Engineering Inc., and PlanNorth Architectural Co. 
  • Heard presentations of the EMS 2022 annual report and Engineering & Development Services quarterly report.
  • Renewed the telemedicine services agreement between the county and the Texas A&M University Health Science Center, through the College of Medicine.
  • Approved updates to the county’s vacation policy.
  • Approved a second amendment to a bid with WEX BANK for fleet station and pump fuel for a maximum of 60 days.  The extension is through May 1st
  • Discussed a formal notice from Corix Utilities Inc. for a road bore for a one-inch service line at 15805 William Penn Road in Precinct 1.
  • Discussed a formal notice from AMP Texas Pipelines, LLC for a natural gas pipeline crossing on Sandstone Road in Precinct 4.
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