The following is the Wharton County Comprehensive Building Improvement Plan that was introduced by the Wharton County Commissioners Court in preparation for the current Fiscal Year 2020-21 budget. The budget began this month.

Countywide LED Lighting

Wharton County plans to continue installing LED lighting upgrades. It began with El Campo and Wharton libraries in 2019. The estimated cost will be $60,000 per year. 

Wharton County Historic Courthouse

Wharton County plans to clean outside stonework, re-prep and re-paint windows, re-glaze glass, and re-paint downspouts. Elected officials have $50,000 budgeted for 2021 completion. 

Wharton County Annex A Building

Wharton County plans to complete flooring renovation. It is estimated to cost $40,000. WC said it was budgeted in 2016. 

Elected officials planned to replace most carpet in the building. Elected officials discussed that areas where there is moisture loosened the glue under the carpet, which they said was also a safety issue. Elected officials were told by Maintenance Supervisor Paul Shannon that he is not convinced how best to stop sweating floors. All agreed that what is needed is a cold winter to see how it reacts.

Wharton County Records Storage Building

Wharton County plans to demolish existing General Services Building No. 1 (former District Attorney and Women’s Crisis Center building) and rebuild a new, pre-fab steel-structured metal building at that location to store excess records for clerk, sheriff, etc. Elected officials were told that the existing building has serious foundation issues. 

Elected officials were told that the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed this project to the 2022 calendar year. 

Wharton County Surplus Storage Building

Wharton County plans to demolish existing General Services Building No. 2 (former Child Protective Services building) and re-build new steel-structured metal building at that location to store excess desks, office equipment, computers, etc. (Elected officials were told this building is in best condition of two general service structures). Elected officials were told that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has pushed this project to the 2023 calendar year. 

East Bernard Library

Wharton County elected officials were told there have been apparent foundation issues for several years. Late Commissioner Chris King did not want to address these concerns. WC Library System Director Elene Gedevani said she may be able to secure grant dollars for repairs. Elected officials decided this is not a priority issue and will only be addressed in the next three years if grant funding is secured. 

US 59 DPS Weigh Station

Wharton County plans to budget $100,000 for the relocation this year. Elected officials said it would be completed in the next three years with the Texas Department of Transportation’s I-69 Project.

COMPLETED PROJECTS 

Precinct 2 Justice Building

Wharton County reports that this building was constructed in 2017. In March 2020, elected officials contracted with Atlas Foundation to install 40 new pilings and 300 additional square feet of polyurethane injection to bring the middle of the foundation up. Elected officials were told that the project cost was $27,875 (paid $14,755 remaining in JP building budget and $13,120 in Shannon’s capital replacement line item). 

It was completed in May 2020. 

Wharton County Historical Museum

Wharton County reports it completed major renovations to restore interior to pre-Hurricane Harvey flood conditions. It was completed in August 2020. 

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