Damage from last month’s snow and ice storms also delivered a headache for the Guinn Justice Center and a hefty bill for Johnson County.
“A whole section of the ceiling fell in because of water damage and it couldn’t have picked a worse place to fall,” Johnson County Judge Roger Harmon said. “It fell right on all that equipment and affected [the Guinn’s] computers, access control and video surveillance system.”
Members of the Johnson County Commissioners Court will address the issue during their 9 a.m. Meeting on Monday. The commissioners will meet in Room 201 of the Johnson County Courthouse, 2 Main St. in Cleburne.
The fix won’t come cheap. Repair and replacement costs total $175,322.01.
The Johnson County Courthouse sustained water damage as well though less severe than that at the Guinn. That damage has been repaired, commissioners said.
The Guinn houses the county’s district and county court at law courts in addition to the district and county attorney’s offices and other county offices.
Commissioners on Monday will also hear updates on the renovation of the Burleson Sub Courthouse and discuss the upcoming renovation of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.
Commissioners hired AUI Partners, a Fort Worth company, late last year to oversee renovation of the sub courthouse and accepted a guaranteed maximum price of $1,928,643 for the project.
The sub courthouse, one of the county’s busiest facilities, has grown overcrowded and outdated. Work is underway to expand into the building’s vacant second floor.
Like the sub courthouse, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office has also grown cramped and outdated through the years. Plans call for converting a current storage area into new offices and training rooms.
Commissioners recently hired AUI Partners to oversee that project as well.
Bids have yet to be approved but the project is expected to cost about $2 million.
Commissioners will also receive updates on the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination efforts in the county during Monday’s meeting.
Commissioners plan to present proclamations for Antique Alley and Child Abuse Prevention Month and to present an Eagle Scout plaque to William Dunaway.