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June 29, 2014

Courthouse, JP on county agenda

Corsicana — Navarro County commissioners will discuss several items related to the courthouse restoration and the necessary moves because of it at a special meeting at 10 a.m. Monday in the basement conference room of the Navarro County Courthouse.

Commissioners are expected to act on a resolution to officially purchase the CISD administration building property and authorize County Judge H.M. Davenport Jr. to sign the agreement. The county agreed to pay $350,000 for the property. The CISD relocated its administrative offices to the Lee Center on Fourth Avenue earlier this month.

Commissioners will also consider approving work to refurbish the building to meet the county’s needs during and after the restoration project.

County operations will have to completely vacate the courthouse during the work, expected to take between 30 and 36 months. The CISD Administration property on North 13th and the adjacent old schoolhouse will house some county offices, while others are expected to move to leased space in the Navarro Centre, the former Navarro Mall on North Main Street.

Also on Monday’s agenda commissioners will act on the resignation of Justice of the Peace Kirby Hill. Hill submitted his resignation letter last week, stating his plans to go into a private business venture. Hill’s term runs through the end of 2014. Commissioners will need to decide whether to appoint someone to fill out the term, or leave it vacant until the November elections. Hill was unopposed in the March 2014 primary election. County political chairmen can submit the names of candidates to appear on the November ballot to let voters decide the long-term replacement for Hill’s position.

A wireless service contract, a variance request for the restoration project and closed sessions to discuss personnel and real estate are also on Monday’s commissioners agenda.

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