Washington County Commissioners moved into the second phase of an agreement providing for restoration work at the Washington County Courthouse at a brief meeting today (Tuesday).
Commissioners approved an amendment and extension to the county’s agreement with Architexas, originally approved in March of 2018. The agreement involves the restoration of the historic courthouse exterior and significant interior spaces, and also includes the rehabilitation of the remainder of the building and site to accommodate county requirements.
County Judge John Durrenberger said the second phase of this agreement provides for the preparation of 95 percent complete construction documents, corresponding with the Texas Historical Commission’s (THC) Historic Courthouse Preservation Program Planning Grant, awarded in June.
Commissioner Joy Fuchs acknowledged that portions of the courthouse exterior are falling into disrepair, and hopes that work can be done quickly to rehabilitate it.
Also in session today, commissioners approved a resolution to adopt design standards, specifications, and quality assurance requirements for projects under TxDOT’s County Transportation Infrastructure Fund (CTIF) program for 2020. Through the resolution, the county has adopted TxDOT’s “standard specifications for construction and maintenance of highways, streets, and bridges” and “roadway design manual” for projects under the program. County Engineer Ross McCall said this is “one of the many steps” the county has to take in order to fulfill CTIF requirements and receive grant funding.
Also in court, commissioners approved:
- A formal notice from ETC Pipeline for a six-inch pipeline crossing on Sandtown Road in Precinct Four.
- A subdivision variance request for a land division fronting FM 2502 in Precinct Four.
- A subdivision variance request for a land division fronting Wildwood Road in Ledbetter in Precinct Four.
- The Washington County Appraisal District’s budget for 2020-21. The budget is an increase of $900 over the 2019-20 budget, with the change coming from a $900 increase in cost for professional and contracted services for copier maintenance.