Sunday, December 17th, 2017

County considers damaged windows

Courthouse windows in need of repair was one of the topics addressed by Donley County Commissioners when they met in regular session Monday, April 17.

County Judge John Howard says several wooden courthouse window sashes are in need of repair, and commissioners reviewed a proposal from Restorhaus of Lubbock to remove and rebuild the five windows needing the most attention.

Restorhaus is the same firm that repaired windows and replicated historic wood finishes in the 1890 courthouse when it was restored in 2003.

Commissioners took no action on the firm’s proposal and are waiting to hear from another firm before moving forward.

Howard said condensation on the single-pane windows is a chief culprit in water damage affecting the windows, but he also says that better environmental controls can help with that moving forward.

“HVAC isn’t just for comfort,” Howard said. “It helps with the preservation of the building also.”

The judge said the county has money set aside for courthouse maintenance in order to stay on top of issues and keep the building in good shape.

In other business, commissioners approved implementing a “Payments Made Easy” system for fine collections in the office of the Precinct 1&2 Justice of the Peace. The system allows for online payments, and the cost is added to the fine.

The court approved a $2,300 proposal from Gowdy Flooring to replace the carpet in the tax assessor’s office and stretch carpet in the clerk’s office.

A request by the child welfare board for $2,119.94 from the jury duty fund was approved to buy presents for local kids in foster care.

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