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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012 4:30 am

GATESVILLE — Where passers-by see a vacant lot that sometimes serves as a farmers market, Coryell County commissioners see space for new offices and courtrooms to ease crowding in the historic courthouse.

On Monday, the commissioners’ court agreed to ask the Waco architectural firm RBDR to create a master plan for developing the vacant property at 420 E. Main St. in Gatesville to provide the government room to grow.

Commissioner Don Jones said he talked with representatives of RBDR about doing a master plan in the price range of $6,000 to $10,000.

The master plan “will be a road map for county building projects,” said Commissioner Jack Wall. “We will get an idea of what the county will need five, 10, 20 years down the road.”

The property, formerly the Foxworth-Galbraith lumber yard, a block west of the courthouse square, consists of 10 full lots and parts of two more lots.

There are no buildings on the land, just a shed where produce vendors sometimes set up a farmers market.

In March, the county received the property from the city of Gatesville in exchange for the Coryell County Activity Complex, now the Gatesville Civic Center, on the east side of town.

A RBDR representative will meet with commissioners to lay out a schedule for the master plan, Wall said.

Pre-trial help

Michael Hull, who started as director of the new pretrial services department in October, told commissioners he may be asking for more help.

The new department screens low-risk offenders to determine if they are eligible for release on a personal bond and/or qualify for a court-appointed lawyer.

There are currently 20 people being supervised on pre-trail release, he said.

Hull is currently working with part-time help from a staff member on loan from the adult probation department.

Help for vets

In other action, the court agreed to issue a certificate of appreciation to Mary Stoner of Lampasas at the request of Pat Chesser, Texas Veterans Commission services officer for the county.

Mrs. Stoner, the widow of a World War II veteran, donated her late husband’s motorized wheelchair to Chesser to assist disabled veterans in need.

 

By Tim Orwig

The Cove Herald

GATESVILLE — Where passers-by see a vacant lot that sometimes serves as a farmers market, Coryell County commissioners see space for new offices and courtrooms to ease crowding in the historic courthouse.

On Monday, the commissioners’ court agreed to ask the Waco architectural firm RBDR to create a master plan for developing the vacant property at 420 E. Main St. in Gatesville to provide the government room to grow.

Commissioner Don Jones said he talked with representatives of RBDR about doing a master plan in the price range of $6,000 to $10,000.

The master plan “will be a road map for county building projects,” said Commissioner Jack Wall. “We will get an idea of what the county will need five, 10, 20 years down the road.”

The property, formerly the Foxworth-Galbraith lumber yard, a block west of the courthouse square, consists of 10 full lots and parts of two more lots.

There are no buildings on the land, just a shed where produce vendors sometimes set up a farmers market.

In March, the county received the property from the city of Gatesville in exchange for the Coryell County Activity Complex, now the Gatesville Civic Center, on the east side of town.

A RBDR representative will meet with commissioners to lay out a schedule for the master plan, Wall said.

Pre-trial help

Michael Hull, who started as director of the new pretrial services department in October, told commissioners he may be asking for more help.

The new department screens low-risk offenders to determine if they are eligible for release on a personal bond and/or qualify for a court-appointed lawyer.

There are currently 20 people being supervised on pre-trail release, he said.

Hull is currently working with part-time help from a staff member on loan from the adult probation department.

Help for vets

In other action, the court agreed to issue a certificate of appreciation to Mary Stoner of Lampasas at the request of Pat Chesser, Texas Veterans Commission services officer for the county.

Mrs. Stoner, the widow of a World War II veteran, donated her late husband’s motorized wheelchair to Chesser to assist disabled veterans in need.

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