Barring any surprises, the long-awaited renovation of the Burleson Sub-Courthouse should move closer to reality next week. 

The Johnson County Commissioners Court is scheduled to discuss that and other ongoing projects during their Monday meeting, which is scheduled for 9 a.m. in Room 201 of the Johnson County Courthouse, 2 Main St. in Cleburne.

Commissioners will consider award of AUI Partners request for proposal to serve as the project’s construction manager at risk. The cost of the renovations is estimated at about $2.5 million, Commissioner Kenny Howell said.

County reserve funds, Howell said, will fund the project saving the county from having to go to the bond market.

The sub-courthouse, which houses the Precinct 2 justice of the peace and constable offices as well as several county satellite offices, is one of the county’s busiest facilities especially during election seasons. 

The building in its current form has long since become over crowded an inefficient, officials said.

Work recently completed on expansion of the parking lot. 

“The main thing, in addition to installing an elevator, is that we’re going to make use of the upstairs floor by moving several of the offices that are downstairs now up there,” Howell said.

To the end, part of the passport section of the county clerk’s office will move upstairs, which will also gain a conference room and a new office for the Johnson County Economic Development Office.

“We’ll be using about half of the upstairs, which will give us a little more room to expand as needed in the years ahead,” Howell said.

Pending court approval on Monday, work should start soon on the project, Howell said.

Commissioners will also discuss progress on plans to renovate a section of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and a county-owned parking lot in downtown Cleburne. 

The parking lot, at the corner of West Chambers and South Mills streets formerly held a bank drive-thru facility. Those buildings have been removed but completion of the parking lot remains to be done. 

Once finished, the site will serve as a parking lot open to the public.

Commissioners plan also to vote on Sheriff Adam King’s request to purchase additional security system equipment from Stanley Security at a cost of $107,367. The equipment includes gate controls, locks and cameras, all of which will be integrated with the jail’s main security control system.

Because of COVID-19 concerns, King said he wants to reconfigure an entrance to the jail’s Building C4 to better accommodate entrance and exit of overnight inmates. Those inmates, because they’re allowed to work during the day, increase the risk of spreading COVID-19. 

The new system will allow them to enter and exit without coming into contact with the rest of the jail population, King said. 

Commissioners will also award length of service pins to recognize employees who have served five or more years.

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