Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

May 13, 2013

Courthouse work inches forward

By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — The Navarro County Commissioners court took a few more steps towards the Courthouse renovation Monday when the group met in regular session. They approved two contracts for moving assessments — one for all the electronic equipment, and another for everything else, from a company called Technology Team LLC. In addition to counting all the filing cabinets, chairs, desks and computers, the company will also create a spreadsheet of the various things to be moved, and an assessment of electronic system needs for the courthouse, the temporary courthouse, the proposed annex and the justice center. The cost for the information Technology (IT) survey will be $24,460. The cost for the other assessment will be $4,500.

The money does not go towards the move itself, it is just a survey of where the county stands now, and what has to happen with the various electronics to make the move successfully.

“We’ve got to have this done,” said County Judge H.M. Davenport, adding: “In effect, it’s a study.”

The court also accepted a $13,000 donation from the Corsicana Preservation Foundation to help with the renovations. And the county renewed its State Archeological Landmark Historic Structures permit, which allowed the renovations but which was set to expire in June.

During the public portion of the meeting, resident Don King stood up to urge the commissioners to slow down on renovation plans. He expressed the concern that the county is borrowing money that will eventually have to be paid back with higher taxes.

The commissioners didn’t respond immediately, but during the discussion of the move, Davenport did say mention that the project has been in the works for more than two years.

“We’re not rushing into this by any stretch of the imagination,” Davenport said.

The county also approved a bidding schedule for the asbestos abatement, also as part of the courthouse renovation project. The county will begin advertising this weekend, with bids due back by June 10.

In other business, the commissioners took the following actions:

• Tentatively approved rerouting traffic for Clean-up Day at the landfill. The new route will take traffic off Highway 31, but commissioners expressed concerns that it will confuse the public.

• Approved spending $3,700 on new metal detectors and door locks for the Criminal Justice Center.

• Authorized contracting with Curtis Neyland $11,500 to put up a new bridge on Southeast County Road 1098. Precinct 3 already has the materials, according to Commissioner David Warren.

• Accepted the tax collection report for April from Collector/Assessor Russell Hudson; accepted a letter certifying that the county’s old computers had been properly destroyed; and accepted a certificate from the state stating that the county is a Circle Gold Member, meaning the county is posting records on-line for the public to read.

• Granted Specific Use Permits for oil drilling on two lots just off U.S. 287, near Southeast County Road 3285 and 3290; replatted a couple of lots in Lago Vista Ranch, and half a dozen plots in Chambers Landing.

• Reestablished the county’s intention to offer tax breaks to new companies that move to the county and then approved the policies and procedures for tax abatements.

• Approved refinancing the Precinct 1 motor grader to six years instead of three years, at the request of Jason Grant.



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