Commissioners discuss next steps in possible move
Milam County Commissioners met Monday and discussed the next steps in the county’s potential move into the old Little River Hospital Building.
Milam County Judge Steve Young told commissioners the county hosted a walkthrough of the complex on June 4 for contractors to get an idea of what they are bidding on. He said five general contractors and 20 sub-contractors participated.
Bids to renovate the complex are due on June 19 and will be opened during the June 22 Commissioners Court meeting.
Commissioners voted unanimously to go out for bids to find out the cost of renovating the former Little River Hospital building in Cameron and converting it into offices for the county during a meeting April 13.
“We have hired Stan Graves of ArchiTexas to do our plans for proposed county annex,” Milam County Judge Steve Young said during that meeting. “Plans are now complete and it is time to go out for bids.
Young said the plans have all been sent to commissioners and the county has spent $146,000 so far on the plans.
“I think the thing to do at this point is to send the plans out for bid,” he said. “Then we will know where we are on the cost. It isn’t going to hurt us to go out for bid.”
Anyone interested in bidding on the project can visit the county’s website to find bid specifications at milamcounty.net.
Commissioners voted to renew their lease agreement with area banks during the March 9 meeting. The agreement with area banks would allow them to trade several properties presently occupied by county offices in exchange for the old Little River Hospital building and property. The previous lease agreement expired and the renewed lease will last six months and has no other changes made to it.
In other business commissioners also: approved a resolution for the Texas Water Development Board grant to work on a floodplan map for the county; ordered all county employees that use a computer to take cyber-security training; approved a contract with Kyle Office Products for printers and fax machines for the Rockdale substation; approved the notice of election for the upcoming July 14th run-off election; adopted a resolution to establish a PACE program in the county; tabled a decision on streaming court meeting on Facebook Live; and tabled repairs to the Little River Walkway Bridge at Sugarloaf. They also approved several utility installations across the county.