During Monday's regular meeting of the Mason County Commissioners' Court, the status of the ongoing renovations to the county's most recognizable structure.
Judge Jerry Bearden reported that, after discussions with the Texas Historical Commission and the contractor, it was determined that the final color that will be utilized on the metalwork on the clock tower would be the same color as the light grey currently visible around the base of the dome. Commissioner Stephen Mutschink pointed out a sample of the metal in the Commissioners' Courtroom which appears much lighter than the metal at the base of the tower. He noted that he had climbed up to the construction area and did a side-by-side comparison and found them identical.
The Court indicated that once the metal work on the full dome is completed, it should have a much lighter appearance. However, that produced another problematic issue for the renovation. The charcoal colored roof tiles, and the light grey metalwork on the dome, will no longer be a visual match for the sandstone color currently in use on the pediments and trim of the rest of the building. The Court voted to solicity bids for painters to update those areas with historically accurate paint selections. That bid request will be in a future edition of the Mason County News.
Work on the roof and electrical system, included in the Texas Historical Commission's Emergency grant, should begin wrapping up in the next month. The work on the external painting will depend on the number of bids received and the schedules of the winning bidder.