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Work continues on the exterior of the Tyler County Courthouse. CHRIS EDWARDS | TCBWork continues on the exterior of the Tyler County Courthouse. CHRIS EDWARDS | TCB

By Chris Edwards
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WOODVILLE – Representatives from the county; the LaBiche Architectural Group and Construction Managers of Southeast Texas (CMOST) met on Tuesday morning for a meeting on the Tyler County Courthouse restoration project.

The meeting was to gauge the progress on phase II of the project. Since the beginning of April, work has been moving along at a fast pace on the courthouse exterior. Herman Wright, with CMOST noted that the work is ahead of schedule.

Jose Cardenas went over the log of all submitted work with County Judge Milton Powers; Pct. 1 Commissioner Joe Blacksher; Kay Timme with the county’s Historical Commission; Burtis Conner with the county and Coley Mulcahy of the LaBiche Group.

Cardenas said that subcontractor Marsh Waterproofing is changing out damaged bricks, installing roof ladders and working on wood blocking for the roof, among other approved tasks.

Another subcontractor, ISM Industries, is handling reinforcement of the structure with stainless steel stabilization pins.

The progress of the work is contingent on a couple of factors, but the current work on the exterior should run for two to three weeks, including the restoration of windows and all of the plaster repairs. The factors the workers are taking into consideration that could halt the progress are inclement weather and court sessions.

Blacksher requested of CMOST that signage be installed to direct courthouse visitors to the south entrance, which is currently accessible only to employees.

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