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Section A: General News


Wilson County to redesign annex


Wilson County to redesign annex
Architect Lyndsay Thorn displays plans for the conversion of a portion of Wilson County Courthouse Annex III into a criminal justice complex during the Dec. 10 meeting of the Wilson County Commissioners Court.


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December 12, 2012
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A new courtroom, secure sally port, holding cells, and offices are some of the plans included in a proposed redesign of the Wilson County Courthouse Annex III.

The Wilson County Commissioners Court, at its Dec. 10 meeting, approved a contract with San Antonio-based architectural firm ThornGraves, for design of the new facility. The commissioners also approved geotechnical and structural engineering contracts for the project, which Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney said could break ground as early as May 2013.

The Wilson County Courthouse Annex III site is bordered by Fourth, Third, Railroad, and A streets in Floresville. It formerly was the Floresville Primary Campus. Lyndsay Thorn of ThornGraves estimates the county could spend up to $2.9 million to convert the wing of the building that parallels Third Street. This would include furniture, he said.

Upon completion, offices for the 81st Judicial District Attorney, adult probation, Wilson County District Clerk, and judges for the 81st and 218th judicial districts would be relocated to the new facility, which is being termed a criminal justice complex. ThornGraves is the same firm the county hired to renovate the Wilson County Courthouse, which will house the commissioners court and offices for the county’s judge, treasurer, attorney, and auditor upon completion.

Also being considered for a move is the Sam Fore Jr. Wilson County Public Library. Howard Berger, who is a member of the Wilson County Education Foundation, said his board has tentatively agreed to relocate the library to the wing of Courthouse Annex III that parallels Railroad Street. Thorn said renovation of that wing into “a top-notch library” could cost as much as $1.6 million.

Also related to the contract with ThornGraves, the commissioners approved Thorn as the “key man” for the project. He will serve as the county’s point of contact on all matters related to the work. If Thorn is not involved in the project for 30 consecutive days, the county then has the option to terminate the contract, said County Attorney Russell Wilson.

In response to questions by Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr. over public input during the project, Quinney said a public hearing likely would be held after the design phase is complete. He also said updates would be provided, during which public input will be sought, during each commissioners court meeting.

In other action, the commissioners:

•Approved a contract with Langford Community Management Services for professional management of a $250,000 community development block grant that will finance repairs of damage in precincts 1 and 2 caused by flooding in May 2012.

•Approved a $3,000 budget amendment for the Wilson County Veterans Service Officer.

•Authorized interim Wilson County Auditor Verna Gorzell to hire an additional employee for her office. A $20,000 budget amendment related to this position is set for the next commissioners court meeting.

•Took no action on bans of outdoor burning and on the use of aerial fireworks, because while conditions have been dry, Coordinator Edwin Baker of the Wilson County Health and Public Safety Office said the Keetch-Byram Drought Index is not expected to reach the threshold of 575 “before the first of the year.”

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BSP  
Floresville  
December 19, 2012 12:19pm
 
Please Repair our County Roads!!!! Stop throwing gravel in the pot holes of asphalt roads, and really repair them!!! I go through struts and bushings like crazy. My car sounds like a squeaker box. This year our road was so ... More ›

 
Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
December 19, 2012 10:24am
 
And they are still held during the day when folks have to WORK??? How do they get away with that?

 
William J. Gibbs Jr.  
WCN  
December 19, 2012 10:15am
 
I believe that the next commissioners court meeting is set for Dec. 27. The meetings normally are held on the second and fourth Monday of every month, but the Christmas holiday prompted the commissioners to reschedule. We will ... More ›

 
Concerned Tax Payer  
Floresville, Texas  
December 19, 2012 6:45am
 
I guess the next group to be investigated should be the county. We have succeeded in stopping the nonsense with the city, now we need to stop the county. If the citizens are told there is no money, then there is no money for anything.

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
December 19, 2012 5:38am
 
Why does a library cost 1.6 to move a bunch of books? Where can we see the plan along with projected budget cost for each item line by line? Who is responsible for the plan and analysis behind this move? Is the move necessary? ... More ›

 
Something Else to Say v3.0  
Realville  
December 18, 2012 10:49pm
 
Any chance of budgeting a few dollars on a reliable public safety communication system?

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
December 18, 2012 4:41pm
 
Eagle I will be there next time. We need more people to come out and voice the same. With only a handful of people complaining they won't do a thing. That's why they do thier meetings during the day so no one shows up and complains

 
Sam Eagle  
Muppet Land  
December 18, 2012 9:56am
 
Airborne trooper, why don't people go to the meetings and say this? Oh wait, they're at 9 in the morning when people who pay taxes have to work. Maybe you ought to put some pressure on your commissioner.

 
Alvin Charmaine  
December 18, 2012 4:36am
 
Are you really comfortable with a guy giving a presentation in his sunglasses?

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
December 17, 2012 7:18pm
 
Why is it that everytime you ask a county commissioner why they havent done any repairs to the roads, you always get "we dont have any money" or The tractors are broke and we dont have the money to repair them", ... More ›

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