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County courthouse roof bids cancelled, for now
by Joe Baker
Jul 31, 2014 | 206 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KARNES CITY – Construction bids being solicited by Karnes County for work to repair and reconstruct the roof of the Karnes County Courthouse have been cancelled for now, according to an architect working with the county on the project.

Architect Lorraine Dailey reported the development last week that came about as the result of another architect withdrawing from the project due to health issues with his wife.

Dailey told Commissioners Court during a recent meeting that Architect Graham Luhn would no longer be available to devote full effort and attention to the project.

“We are working diligently with Judge Butler and Mr. Hancock to make required adjustments and reissue plans for bidding as soon as possible,” Dailey said.

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) announced on April 30 that Karnes County will receive a $450,000 emergency grant that will go toward repairs and restoration of the courthouse roof.

The Round VIII grant cycle focused on courthouses’ most urgent and critical needs. There were 24 applicants in this round of grant funding, but only 18 were awarded grant funding.

The proposed project will restore the courthouse roof to its original appearance. New slate tile will be installed and the Second Empire style mansard roof will be recreated above the east facade. Missing chimneys and rooftop cresting will be replicated and lightning protection will be installed. New gutters and downspouts will direct rain away from the building this work will help to preserve the remaining original materials in the building from further damage and deterioration by eliminating the persistent roof leaks the building has suffered, while at the same time advancing the project towards the ultimate goal of a full restoration.
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