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County Court Moving Ahead With Courthouse Restoration
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 • Posted June 24, 2009

During their June 8, 2009, meeting, the Mason County Commissioners' Court heard an update on the progress for their application for a courthouse restoration grant.

The grants, administered by the Texas Historical Commission, were funded at a much lower level during this latest legislative session. The architect for the county, Kim Williams, explained that there were other applicants who would most likely be chosen ahead of Mason County in the grant process. He also noted that, with the limited funds, it was very doubtful that Mason County would received any funding during this round.

The Commissioners Court questioned Mr. Williams about the costs to proceed with repairing the roof (the source of the original problems that had prompted them to pursue the grant funds), and about updating the electrical system. After discussion, the Court voted to move ahead with at least those repairs, and to pursue the grant funds during later application periods, if that was necessary.

The Court also approved a request by George Schoenfeld to install additional air conditioning on the second floor of the Historical Building. Mr. Schoenfeld explained that the southwestern room of the museum needed the additional air conditioning in order to preserve the artifacts, and to make it more comfortable for workers and visitors.

During the June 22, 2009, meeting of the Court, the ability for the County to have investments for longer than one year was discussed. The Commercial Bank had been approved as the county depository during the June 8 meeting, largely based upon the rates of their long term investments. However, county investment policy prohibited any investments longer than one year in duration. The Court voted to allow longer term investments, on a case-by-case basis, when requested by the Treasurer.

The Court also discussed the possibility of paying some of the jail trustees for work they do that goes beyond normal trustee duties. After a lengthy discussion, it was decided that it would set unusual precedent if they did pay those trustees, so the court opted not to pursue that option.

During the Judge's comments, Judge Jerry Bearden told the Court that National Weather Service investigators had finished examing storm damage from the June 12 storms, and had determined that at least one, if not two, tornadoes had caused the damage in various sections of the county. Judge Bearden commended county employees, TxDOT, law enforcement, fire department, LCRA and CTEC employees for the outstanding jobs they had done in assisting residents immediately after the storms.

The June 22 meeting adjourned at 10:16 a.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on July 13.

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