Coryell County commissioners tour

Coryell County officials on Monday tour the Extraco Bank building in Gatesville, which the county will purchase for office space. Inspecting the building are, from left, Tax Assessor/Collector Justin Carothers, Commissioner Daren Moore, Extraco Vice President Keith Steward and County Judge John Firth.

GATESVILLE — Coryell County officials toured Extraco Bank on Monday, inspecting the building they will purchase for much-needed office space.

The county has agreed to buy the building and lease back a portion of it to Extraco, which will continue its banking operation.

County Judge John Firth and commissioners Don Jones, Daren Moore, Jack Wall and Justin Latham walked to the bank after the morning session of commissioners court.

Joining them on the tour were County Clerk Barbara Simpson, County Auditor Ben Roberts, County Treasurer Donna Medford, County Tax Assessor/Collector Justin Carothers and County Attorney Brandon Belt.

Extraco Bank Vice President Keith Steward guided the group through the building.

Financial terms of the deal are still under negotiation, Firth said. Moore and Belt will continue to work with bank officials on the contract.

Of the bank’s total 15,607 square feet, Extraco will lease 4,430 square feet, Firth said, just more than 28 percent.

The rest of the building — much of which is currently unused by the bank — will be converted to much-needed office space to ease crowding in the historic courthouse.

In other action Monday, commissioners named Firth to act as an agent to pay licensed septic-tank inspectors from fees collected until the county’s new environmental officer can be licensed.

Belt said Greg Pitts, a former deputy sheriff, will succeed Adam Baker as environmental officer.

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