Courthouse windows to cost half-million
by Matt Naber
Oct 19, 2013 | 250 views | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Live Oak County Commissioners discussed a half-million dollar window renovation bid for the Live Oak County courthouse, renewed the county’s agreement to provide transportation for those in need through the Bee Community Action Agency, and accepted bids for limestone base during their meeting on Friday, Oct. 11.

Courthouse windows

Live Oak County’s courthouse is in the process of remedying mold issues, and part of this means replacing the building’s 80 windows. In order to keep the courthouse historically accurate, the windows alone for this project are estimated to cost $455,190 with Red River Restorations.

“I’m thinking you could put something new in for cheaper than that,” Commissioner Emilio Garza said.

Live Oak County Judge Jim Huff said part of the high cost stems from the restoration company needing to remove a few of the windows at a time and transporting them to their shop for repairs.

The bid will be on the commissioners’ next agenda for ratification.



Live Oak County will continue to provide transportation to senior citizens in need of assistance through the Bee Community Action Agency. BCAA makes grant applications and Live Oak County contracts with them and provides a van, according to Huff.

Huff said Live Oak County contributes about $24,000 annually and funding is reimbursed based on the number of trips made with BCAA.

“They have to meet certain requirements, like not having transportation or other means of pay,” Commissioner Richard Lee said.

Live Oak County averages about 100 trips per month, mostly to San Antonio and Corpus Christi veteran’s hospitals, according to Lee. In addition to medical trips, the program also takes those in need on shopping trips and other errands. Garza said for every stop they make, they earn credit toward the county’s reimbursement.

Limestone Base

Two companies bid on providing limestone base for unpaved county roads. Commissioner Willie James said the limestone base holds down better than caliche, but needs to be supplemented occasionally depending on traffic volumes.

Colorado Materials Unlimited quoted the county on limestone base for roads at a price of $26.66 per ton for precinct one, $19.15 for precinct two, $21.60 for precinct three, and $19.56 for precinct four. If the county transports the limestone using their own trucks, the cost would be $15.72 per ton.

Saenz Construction’s bid was $26 per ton for all precincts, so the commissioners approved of Colorado Materials Unlimited’s bid.
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