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TCCommCourtLogoBy Chris Edwards
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WOODVILLE – During a special-called meeting of the Tyler County Commissioners Court on Monday morning, county officials tackled a short agenda dominated by items dealing with the courthouse and the ongoing restoration efforts.

Prior to the regular agenda, Kay Timme spoke before the officials during the public comments portion of the meeting. Timme, who came on behalf of the Tyler County Historical Commission, which she chairs, voiced support for two agenda items.

One item Timme spoke to regarded the installation of blinds in the courthouse, which would be reimbursed from TCHC funds under an entity set up years ago for courthouse restoration purposes. Timme said if the cost of the blinds exceeds $48K, TCHC will see if it has additional funds for the reimbursement.

Timme also spoke on behalf of an agenda item from Pct. 1 Commissioner Joe Blacksher and County Treasurer Leann Monk to recommend the hanging of photographs of historic value on the courthouse walls.

Timme said there are nine photographs, which were restored some years ago, and included is an image of former Tyler County Judge Henry West, who was in office when the courthouse was built in 1891.

That item was approved on the agenda.

The matter of the blinds, when addressed on the regular agenda, was approved, at a total cost of $57K. Blacksher said the county was greatly appreciative of TCHC and its reimbursement donation.

The court also approved the removal of lamps and conduit from the courthouse stairs upon the recommendation of architect Dohn LaBiche.

County to share appraisal fees

During Monday’s special meeting, the commissioners approved an agreement between the county and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2033 to share the cost of commercial appraisal fees for the building where the county Nutrition Center is housed.

The matter was approved following closed session discussion at the regular monthly meeting of the Commissioners’ Court earlier in the month.

The commissioners then voted to approve a $6,000 (plus expenses) contract with Stout Company for the appraisal of the building, with the cost split between the county and the VFW.

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