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Consultant reveals plan to save ailing Wilson County Courthouse


Consultant reveals plan to save ailing Wilson County Courthouse
Architect Lyndsay Thorn of Thorn+Graves Architects gives a presentation Aug. 13 to the Wilson County Commissioners Court about a plan to repair the foundation of the Wilson County Courthouse.


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For months, it has been known that a deteriorating foundation and inferior bricks are at the root of the Wilson County Courthouse’s problems. Architect Lyndsay Thorn of Thorn+Graves Architects believes his firm has a plan that can save the 128-year-old downtown Floresville landmark.

Thorn told the Wilson County Commissioners Court at its Aug. 13 meeting that the building’s foundation has certain areas in which it is made of wood, concrete, or brick. During various tests, crews excavated the courthouse’s outside corners and found that one section of the building was constructed over an abandoned clay sewer pipe, which Thorn believes could have contributed to severe settling of the foundation. In some areas, the brick foundation “has become one with the earth,” he said.

To remedy the problem, Thorn said crews would cut out 6-foot sections of the foundation “almost in a dog-tooth arrangement” and pour concrete into those sections, until a new concrete and rebar footing is in place around the entire 1884-portion of the building. This process, he said, could be completed in two weeks.

The rear addition, which includes the basement used by the Texas AgriLife Extension, is perceived to be structurally sound and would not undergo these repairs.

Thorn also said windows on the northwest corner of the courthouse will be removed and the wall section would be rebuilt. Additional walls and windows would be repaired and replaced on an as-needed basis.

Reports, which will include estimated costs associated with the work, are in progress and could be ready for presentation to the commissioners court by its Aug. 27 meeting.

In other action, the commissioners:

•Approved a resolution in opposition to the proposed Post Oak Clean Green Landfill in Guadalupe County, citing concerns about potential contamination of the Nash Creek.

•Approved an interlocal agreement with the Texas Department of Public Safety, which implements a hold on driver license renewals for those deemed delinquent on the repayment of fines and court fees.

•Approved election judges and assistants and polling places for the Nov. 6 general election, with the exception of Box 415. Action on that box, which is expected to occur by Aug. 29, was delayed because of public access issues that must be resolved.

Wilson County Commissioners Court, Aug. 13 meeting
In attendance: Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney and commissioners Albert Gamez Jr., Paul Pfeil, Ricky Morales, and Larry Wiley; Wilson County Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr., County Attorney Russell Wilson, County Clerk Eva Martinez, County Treasurer Jan Hartl, Interim County Auditor Verna Gorzell, Assistant County Auditor Kristin Labus, Emergency Management Coordinator LeAnn Hosek, and Wilson County Health and Public Safety Office Coordinator Edwin Baker.

Burn ban declaration

Ongoing triple-digit daytime temperatures and the recent absence of measurable rainfall in our area have prompted the Wilson County Commissioners Court to institute a countywide burn ban for the next 90 days. The commissioners’ unanimous decision came during their Aug. 13 meeting.

Under the ban, open burning will be allowed as conditions permit, but not without prior approval from the Wilson County Health and Public Safety Office. The office can be called weekdays at 830-393-8503.

Burning of household trash in unincorporated areas is allowed only in a screened burn barrel and during daylight hours. Wilson County Health and Public Safety Office Coordinator Edwin Baker said violation of a declared burn ban is considered a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500.

 

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