The Alvarado Chamber of Commerce hosted Precinct 3 Commissioner Jerry Stringer and Alvarado ISD Assistant Superintendent Kenneth Estes at its Thursday luncheon.
Stringer discussed plans for the new sub-courthouse, while Estes discussed AISD’s proposed bond election.
“When I first ran for office four or five years ago, I learned there was a need for a new sub-courthouse in Alvarado,” Stringer said. “I do believe in Alvarado and want to see Alvarado grow. This sub-courthouse can also serve areas of Precinct 4, without them having to drive to Cleburne or Burleson.”
Alvarado recently sold Johnson County a piece of property where the construction will take place. On Jan. 1, the county took possession of the land and immediately went to work on plans.
“Our goal was to have everybody [who will work here] have a say,” Stringer said. “They designed this.”
Now is the best time to build, Stringer added, because construction prices are low with many people looking for work. Stringer said there are empty rooms planned, which he expects to fill with a veterans’ services or additional clerk offices, making the building usable for decades.
The building will also have state-of-the-art security updates, including a metal detector outside of the courtroom and a sectioned-off secured area not accessible by the public.
“We are very proud of what it’s going to be,” Stringer said. “My goal is to have it done by Christmas.”
Construction bids are expected to go out soon, he said.
AISD junior high plans
Estes said that although children receive a great education in AISD, Alvarado Junior High School must go.
At nearly 50 years old, the school has a host of problems including asbestos, animals moving in and a lack of space. He demonstrated some of the problems with a photo slideshow.