Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

June 22, 2013

Commissioners to review courthouse proposals

By Bob Belcher
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — The Navarro County Commissioners Court will begin the process of reviewing contractor proposals for the courthouse restoration project Monday afternoon.

Commissioners have scheduled a 2 p.m. workshop to start their review of three proposals submitted for the proposed restoration work after opening the packets last week. That workshop will follow a regular agenda meeting of the court scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday.

The three proposals range in cost from the low bid of $8.68 million submitted by Phoenix Restoration and Construction of Farmers Branch; $9.2 million from J.C. Stoddard Construction of San Antonio; and the high bid of $9.87 million from Stoddard Construction Management of Bulverde.

The county has been awarded a grant of $4.44 million from the Texas Historical Commission to help fund the work. A previous grant of nearly $500,000 — plus another $150,000 of county money — has gone into developing plans for the restoration, plus planning for the temporary relocation of county operations during the restoration. Initial estimates called for the work to take between 30 to 36 months. Proposals received from contractors have estimated their work schedules as running between 698 days  and 720 days.

Commissioners need to not only select a contractor, but finalize additional costs of temporary office space during the restoration period, plus the cost of an annex building to house county offices not expected to return to a refurbished courthouse.

And, the county will also need to finalize how it plans to pay for its portion of the entire project — all costs that exceed the $4.44 million state grant. Commissioners designated a financial advisor to help prepare a possible certificate of obligation issue to raise the needed funds. County voters could have the final say on the project if 5 percent of registered voters in the county sign a petition calling for a vote on issuing the debt.

It is likely that more than one workshop will need to be held to go over the contractor proposals, and to review proposals for asbestos abatement that were received from five potential vendors.

County Judge H.M. Davenport said at the proposal opening a contractor could be selected at the court’s regular meeting on July 8. The county’s financial advisor would then need to develop the certificate of obligation proposal to be approved by commissioners.

Monday’s regular agenda meeting of the commissioners begins at 10 a.m.

Agenda items for that meeting include:

• Consent agenda, including minutes of previous meeting and payment of bills.

• Discussion of burn ban.

• Approval of TAC property insurance renewal application.

• Resolution for tax abatement for Corsicana Water and Adventure Park.

• Resolution for tax abatement for Guardian Industries.

• Discussion on county cleanup day.

• Request to declare items from Sheriff’s Office as surplus.

• Request to declare items from Sheriff’s office as salvage.

• Request to declare items from drug seizures as surplus.

• Request to declare four chairs as salvage.

• Agreement with MEN Water Supply to cross SECR 3170 in Pct. 2.

• Resolution to adopt county investment policy and designate investment officers.

• Designate investment officers to manage depository bank collateral transactions, and manage approval of substitution or replacement securities held as collateral by depositor bank.

• Request for road crossing agreement on SECR 1090 for Thurston Texas Operating Company.

• Approval of Google agreement for HIDTA.

• Lease/purchase of boom and side mowers in Pct. 4.

• Executive Session to discuss real estate.

• Action, if any, from executive session.

• Recess until 2 p.m. restoration workshop.

A public forum time is held at the beginning of each commissioners court meeting for members of the public that wish to address the court.

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Bob Belcher may be reached by email at bbelcher@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “Soundoff” on this story? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com