Victoria County building renovations near completion
April 29, 2013 at 6:01 p.m.
Updated April 28, 2013 at 11:29 p.m.
Brick started falling off the Bridge Street Annex last summer.
Since repairs on the building started in October, the Victoria County commissioners can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Now that two change orders are in place to strengthen the building's structural integrity, the project is expected to be complete by May 22.
The commissioners court approved two change orders Monday totaling $22,770.
One makes adjustments to the building's expansion joints for $15,390, and the other extends angle irons, which brace the structural framework, for $7,380.
County Judge Don Pozzi said the changes are necessary to make the building structurally stable once the brick facade started falling off.
The total project will cost about $275,000.
Pozzi originally estimated the project would cost $225,000.
"It was nothing we created, but it's at our expense," Pozzi said. "We had no choice."
He said the first change was dictated by Robert Adkins Masonry and the other was suggested by Rawley McCoy and Associates.
McCoy brought the issue up at the April 23 commissioners court meeting.
The expenses were paid from the general fund's unallocated dollars.
The commissioners court sets about $500,000 aside each year for unallocated expenses like building repairs.
Pozzi said the structural repairs will enable the county to build up on the Bridge Street Annex.
Although adding a top floor is not "part of the plan," Pozzi said it could be an option as the county looks to find space for county court-at-law courtrooms.
In addition to building up on the annex, Pozzi said the county is looking at the old jail, old fire station and the courthouse.