Renovations under way at county's former courthouse

An $850,000 project to renovate Texas County’s former courthouse in downtown Houston is expected to be completed by November, said Presiding Commissioner Don Shelhammer.

CounterTops LLC of Houston is the general contractor for the project, which includes renovated office space and relocations for several officeholders, new floor covering, electrical, heating and cooling work. Crowley Homeworks of Houston has the contract for floor covering. Wood Mechanical of Cabool will do the heating, ventilation and air conditioning work. The electric contractor is Meyer Electric of Jefferson City.

Funds for the work come from proceeds of a bond issue that also was used in the construction of a new justice center.

The plan includes:

-Gutting the former sheriff’s office and jail. No additional work is planned immediately.

-Relocation of the county clerk and commission offices to the top level.

-Moving the recorder of deeds office to space currently occupied by the county clerk. The collector’s office will take the recorder of deed’s space. A treasurer’s office will be situated on the ground level near the elevator. The assessor’s office will expand into quarters that once were used by the county commission.

-A conference room, emergency management command post and storage will occupy the basement.

Excavation work also is under way on what is now called the Texas County Administrative Center, the former courthouse. That work is to prevent water from entering the building and change the elevation for water to move away from the building.

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