Work to tackle the mold problem in the Victoria County Jail is expected to begin July 8.
The jail has been listed among the state’s noncompliant jails for months, facilities that are not up to state standards when it comes to the health and safety of the people who work and are detained there.
Victoria County commissioners have spent the past few months discussing a mold remediation plan to help get the jail back in the state’s good graces. At Monday’s meeting, commissioners accepted a bid proposal with Gerloff Company Inc. in San Antonio to do the work. The project will cost $76,039.42 and has a completion timeline of 47 calendar days.
Gerloff Company still must submit its insurance paperwork to the court to be signed by County Judge Ben Zeller, finalizing the contract. Afterward, work is expected to begin July 8, and the 47-day project should be completed Aug. 23.
The remediation plan timeline lists the jail should be in compliance and ready for re-inspection by the end of October.
At an earlier meeting, the court reviewed three bids for the project. In addition to Gerloff Company Inc.’s bid, a bid from ServiceMaster Restoration by Century in San Antonio had a price tag of $109,539 and a timeline of 30 days, and a bid from Servpro of Northwest San Antonio was for $214,000 with a timeline of 60 days. A fourth bid was kept closed because it was submitted after the deadline.
The proposal selection committee, which includes Zeller’s special assistant, Caitlin Weinheimer; facilities manager Kelly Hubert; County Commissioner Gary Burns; Capt. Charles Williamson, of the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office; Mayor Rawley McCoy; and Meagan Ramirez, a project manager and licensed mold consultant with Clean Environments Inc., recommended Gerloff Company’s bid.
Also Monday, the court approved Commissioner Clint Ives of Precinct 4 to negotiate with the owners of Kolle Road to make the private road public.
In May, the Sandhop family closed Kolle Road, a mile-long road frequently used to connect drivers on Farm-to-Market Road 444 at Benbow Road to homes on Jentry and Bischoff roads. Ives said about 50 to 75 people traveled on the road daily.
Ives said it’s widely known that the county does not own the road, though for decades it has been used by the public.
“It is a very curious case,” he said.
Ives told the court Monday the closure has caused a great deal of public objection. He said he’s been working with the county’s legal department about entering into negotiations with the landowners to give the county ownership.
Ives said he’ll request a response from the landowners by Sept. 1. If the landowners agree to make the road public, necessary construction, including paving the road, could begin late this year.
Despite negotiations to change the road’s ownership, Ives said he’ll remain focused on respecting private property rights.
“If (the landowners) want to close it, I can support that,” he said. “But if they’re willing to open up some dialogue about it and entertain keeping it open, then we’ll do that.”