By Jan White
CROCKETT – During a special meeting of the Houston County Commissioners Court held on Monday, Nov. 14, members approved a discretionary exemption from the competitive bid process in order to contract repairs at the Permanent Records Storage building, known as the Old Jail. Immediate action needed to be taken to maintain the climate control of the building that houses the county records. The project will be funded through the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
The court voted to contract with Hargrove-Neel to replace four air-conditioning/heating units, repair one unit/ and update all units with hail guards, fresh-air dampers, and curb adapters at the Old County Jail building.
Additionally, the court elected to accept sealed bids for items funded through the ARPA Grant Fund for the purchase of a pickup truck for Precinct 3, a pickup truck for the Precinct 2 Constable, a replacement roof and gutter system at the Armory, and an updated camera system for jail.