Washington County Commissioners recommended Plan North as the Architect for the new Road and Bridge facility during their meeting this (Tuesday) morning.  The county plans to build on 21 acres of land it purchased last year on Highway 36 North.  Once the new facility is operational, the county plans to construct a new Justice Center on the current Road and Bridge site adjacent to the County Jail.

Commissioners appointed a committee in January to review the qualification submissions from four architectural firms.  Their recommendation was to go with Plan North.  The county will now enter into contract negotiations with Plan North for the new Road and Bridge facility.

Commissioners acknowledged the County Treasurer and Auditor Departments for earning the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.  This is the 8th consecutive year the county has received the certificate form the Government Finance Officers Association.  County Auditor Sharon Stolz commented that with all of the required FEMA auditing this past year, that Road and Bridge completed an enormous amount of work in their department.

County Auditor Sharon Stolz (center left) and County Treasure Peggy Kramer (center right) along with their staffs accept the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from County Judge John Brieden.

In other action, commissioners approved the annual maintenance contract for the Statewide Automated Victim Notification Service.  The service is operated by the Texas Attorney General’s Office and is funded 100 percent by the state.  The contract actually began September 1st of last year, but the county just now received the copy to approve.

Commissioners also approved a road bore for a water line tap on Seward Plantation Lane in Precinct 1.

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