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The Johnson County Commissioners Court discussed but took no action on a proposed new warehouse building.

Robert Durham, president of Robert Durham Architecture delivered a presentation on the warehouse, which will be about 3,000 square feet on a 6,000 square feet paved area.

The county’s public works and adult probation offices will use the building for storage.

Durham has also provided architectural services for the ongoing renovation of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

Commissioners earlier this year budgeted $200,000 for the building, which Durham described as a pre-engineered building that will have an office area and rest rooms. 

County Judge Roger Harmon said the building will also include a facade so as to not simply be a plain metal building. 

Public Works Director David Disheroon said the building will serve as a place for both departments to store equipment and perform small repairs and projects.

Commissioner Larry Woolley asked whether the building will be built so as to make expansion possible in the future.

“Anytime you build a facility like that, when it’s all over, you wish you’d have built it bigger,” Woolley said.

Given the small size of the county owned land the building will occupy, future expansions will probably not be possible, Harmon said.

Commissioners will likely vote on whether to move forward with the building during their next meeting, which is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday.

Johnson County Public Works Manager Josh Green reported that the upstairs portion of the Burleson Sub Courthouse is nearing completion. Green said the elevator and sprinkler systems have been installed and finish work is underway. 

The expansion increases the available space in the crowded facility by making use of the previously vacant upstairs area. The sub courthouse houses a justice of the peace court and several satellite county offices.

Commissioners on Monday also approved $36,320 in additional project funds to cover additional costs related to the elevator and IT department.

Work, Green said, is also underway on renovations of the sheriff’s office. Like the Burleson Sub Courthouse, the sheriff’s office has grown overcrowded over the years. The renovations will provide additional office, meeting, training and other needed spaces.

Commissioners voted to reduce the speed limit on Cedar Lane from 40 mph to 20 mph between County Road 602 and Unger Street in the Hilldale II subdivision in Precinct 3.

“It’s a horseshoe subdivision and every resident on the street signed a petition requesting that reduction in the speed limit,” Commissioner Mike White said.

Harmon also proclaimed November as Home Care and Hospice Month in Johnson County.

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