By Tony Farkas
COLDSPRING — The San Jacinto County Commissioners Court moved to save money on the construction of its Innovation Center.
During its regular meeting on Dec. 14, the court discussed changing the water supply line size.
County Judge Fritz Faulkner said he was contacted by the water company asked about the proposed 3-inch water main. Faulkner said the building possibly was overdesigned, and since the building would not be used as a shelter and did not need a fire suppression system, there was no need for large water service, so a change was made to a 2-inch line.
While the change in line size would be handled in a change order from the contractor, the county felt it was proper to approve the change to a smaller feeder line.
Additionally, project manager Mark Wood said that at a job site meeting recently, it was discovered that there were no floor plugs included in the design.
Wood said he asked the contractor to look at it before they poured the foundation; the contractor proposed placing a floor box in the center of each of the training rooms, and three in the Office of Emergency Management area at a cost of $23,574.
Faulkner and the commissioners balked at the cost and suggested that county personnel do the work prior to the foundation being poured.
“I don’t want to be the guy who voted to spend 23 thousand to put plugs in,” Faulkner said.
Commissioner Laddie McAnnaly asked if the county could do the work themselves; there was a question of whether the site belonged to Timberline Construction during construction or was it a county property and they can do what they want.
Faulkner agreed, saying it was a great idea for the county staff to do the work, but it would be done at a later time.
In other business, the court:
•declared an acre of land in Coldspring as surplus and put it up for sale with a minimum of $25,000;
•approved a proposed list of people to serve on the county’s Historical Commission;
•appointed Trisha Basham as the county’s flood plain manager;
•approved catering by Mary Gray for the county Christmas party;
•took no action on abandoning Webb, Carey, Dolive, Kilgore, Lombard and Webfer county streets in Oakhurst, as a motion by Commissioner Mark Nettuno died for lack of a second;
•approved the replat of two lots in the Waterwood subdivision;
•approved bond renewal for the district clerk, county clerk, and the four precinct Justices;
•approved an agreement with the city of Shepherd for permitting and inspections;
•approved an agreement with the city of Point Blank; and
•awarded the bid for grant application and engineering services for the PB&SC Water Co. to J.F. Fontaine and Associates.