County Reduces Courthouse Cost Overrun By $95,000 By Opting Out of Conduit

By BOB PALMER
Jimplecute News Editor

JEFFERSON – Marion County Commissioners decided Monday that low-voltage wires in the refurbished Courthouse really didn’t need conduit. The move shrinks the increase to the county’s share of the project with the Texas Historical Commission to about $200,000 instead of $300,000.

At the court’s Nov. 14 meeting, $95,000 for conduit to carry low-voltage telephone, data and phone wires caught commissioners by surprise. Since that time, commissioners have sought alternatives.

“I talked with Kevin (Scott, project superintendent for contractor J.R. Jones) the other day. I asked him how many county courthouses have gone to this extra expense of this conduit,” Commissioner Charlie Treadwell said Monday.

“He said he had worked on six of them and none had gone to that expense.” Treadwell said Scott had advised to him that two panels could be placed in each room that would not be noticable but provide access to the wiring in the ceiling.

“I am not in favor of spending $95,000 for conduit,” Treadwell said… (a subscription to the Jimplecute is required to continue reading this article).

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