Austin County commissioners will decide whether to hire a project manager for a new justice center, EMS station and jail, when they meet just after Christmas.
The commissioners delayed a decision until December 27th.
After they recently heard from two potential construction managers County commissioners opted to postpone their decision on whether to hire the project manager, or keep it under the umbrella of County Architect Kenny Burns.
Commissioners were advised that design for the facilities would likely begin in February and it will take about a year before construction starts.
In November, Austin County voters approved a $17 million bond issue for the center. The county plans to refinance 2009 bonds and pay out reserves to cover needed repairs and new construction for the jail and EMS facility.
After the presentations, some commissioners voiced concerns about the potential expense.
Precinct 1 Commissioner Mark Lamp said he is concerned about the potential expense. Sheriff Jack Brandes and EMS Director Ron Dille agreed that architect Kenny Burns can manage the project.
County Judge Tim Lapham suggested that each commissioner speak individually with the two companies and determine how they want to proceed before court reconvenes Dec. 27th.