Smith County to consider redoing bid process for courthouse renovations

(Sarah A. Miller/Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Smith County Commissioners are going to try a second time to hire a contractor to revamp the restroom facilities at the Smith County Courthouse.

Commissioners hired an architect to look into updating the bathrooms, but have publicly stated the job includes minimum repairs - fresh paint, new dividers and doing minor plumbing repairs as needed.

The project was put out to bid, but Commissioner Jeff Warr said the county only got one response from contractors.

On Tuesday, the body will consider rejecting that construction bid and redoing the process in hopes of getting more competition and a better price, Warr said.

The discussion will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Smith Count Courthouse Annex Building, 200 E. Ferguson St. The meeting is open to the public.

In other business:

- Commissioners will consider proclaiming June 4, 2017, as "Rev. Marquise L. Collins Day" in Smith County to recognize his 10 years of service as pastor of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Winona.

- A cash drawer that can hold a base of $50 could be approved for a park-time clerk for the Justice of the Peace in Precinct 3.

- The body will consider authorizing the application for grant funds to help Sanderson Farms with infrastructure costs through the Texas Department of Agriculture.

The Tyler Morning Telegraph will attend the meeting. For updates as they happen, follow @TMTFaith on Twitter.









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