The architectural firm – DRG Architects of San Antonio – had worked for the county before to design the county’s Criminal Justice Center. That center was dedicated in December 2008.
County Judge Jim Huff said the court does not have to advertise for bids when it is seeking professional services. And DRG is tried and proven.
The firm specializes in governmental entity structures.
Huff complimented the firm for its quality of work, as did Commissioner Jim Bassett.
Perry Rabke and Wayne Gondeck, architects with the firm, said the project would be different than building something from the ground up.
“It’s not a major construction project. It is a repair project,” said Gondeck.
A preliminary punch list compiled with the help of county officials included the following:
An asbestos survey; sealing of exterior masonry; repair or replace all exterior windows (broken glass, rotted frames, stuck sashes); repair water damage to interior plaster walls and wood bases; replace electrical wiring as needed; replace light fixtures; repair fire alarm; clean mildew and determine causes of it; check second flooring in district courtroom; repair or install concrete steps at the north entry; and detail repair in the commissioners courtroom.
Also the annex would be checked for cracks in drywall; repair of metal roof and repainting of metal roof fascia; and more.
Huff said the list was a start, that likely more would be done.
Huff said an architectural firm would likely be hired in January because the court wanted to get started on the project as soon as possible.
When the commissioners court adopted its budget, $2 million was set aside for the courthouse renovations.
The commissioners also approved an interlocal agreement with the city of George West and Live Oak County that ultimately turns over the operation and maintenance of a sewer line to the city of George West.
The sewer line will be constructed from George West to the Stripes at Interstate 37 and U.S. Highway 59.
Live Oak County was awarded a Texas Capital Fund grant in county-company agreement.
Stripes will use the $750,000 grant money to enhance its business and hire more employees, as well as pay for the cost of the sewer line’s 6-inch forced main.
However, the city of George West is considering an 8-inch line.
The interlocal agreement between George West and Live Oak County assures each entity that additional costs incurred by one or the other would be paid for by the entity that causes the additional cost, according to Commissioner Bassett.