Brazos County Commissioners approve financing for Constable Precinct 3 renovations.
The building suffered major water damage from February’s winter storm
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) -The Brazos County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace and Constable offices are still under renovation from February’s winter storm damage.
Monday, Brazos County Commissioners approved a service contract for $244,333.41 to rebuild the Constable Precinct 3 and Juvenile Buildings. The contract is with Cotton Commercial USA, Inc., based out of Katy, Texas. According to court documents, renovations include new cabinetry and flooring, drywall and light fixtures.
Brazos County Judge Duane Peters says the majority of the winter storm damage was at the Constables office and the Brazos County Juvenile Detention Center. He says frozen pipes caused minor damage at the Brazos County Expo center but were not as extensive because the leaks were in outdoor areas.
“The juvenile building had water damage but those were really the main ones that we had property damage with. I felt like we were really fortunate,” said Peters. “We had some damage out at the [Brazos Expo Center], we had some frozen pipes out there, but it really didn’t damage any of the property because most of that’s covered arenas and not inside the building.”
Brazos County Constable J.P. Ingram says the initial damage to the building was extensive. Still, he’s grateful for the county’s work to start the renovations speedily and can’t wait to be back in their building.
“We had some computers that were damaged because they were low to the floor,” said Ingram. “Carpet, tile, linoleum, woodwork, anything that was probably four to six inches off the ground was damaged.”
He says the most challenging part of the renovations is not being closer to the residents in Precinct 3 that count on them for services that they need.
“That has been probably the most trying thing,” said Ingram. “People call confused. They come over here, and they can’t find the services they’re looking for.”
Precinct 3 is currently operating from an office on the first floor of the Brazos County Administration Building.
Peters says he expects the work to be completed at the constable’s building in the next two months.
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