The Grimes County Clerk’s Office is resuming their work of preserving old, county records.
At last week’s Commissioner’s Court meeting, county clerk Vanessa Burzynski presented two contracts for preserving an additional 4,000 marriage licenses, plus old commissioner’s Court minutes from 1848 to 1907.
First one up was the additional 4,000 marriage licenses, a project which her office has been working already this year.
“This is more of just a continuation of the first project, but, with additional funding required, so this will be coming out of the fiscal year 2021 budget,” said Burzynski.
Total cost for those additional marriage licenses tallied up around $16,885. That first contract was approved.
The second contract up for discussion was for preserving and scanning original Commissioner Court minute books dating back over 150 years, and replacing binders on 4 original marriage license books.
She said the minutes books present the history of the county.
“These have got a lot of data and information, and it is all handwritten. So, it is very imperative that these books be preseved, and scanned, so we will have digital images of the information, as well as the books,” Burzynski said.
Total cost of preserving the old minutes books, and replacing binders, is $23,999. She added there are about 7 Commissioner Court minute books to be done this time, but about 20 of them in total. Payment for that contract will come from the FUND 21 account for the county.
The Commissioners approved both contracts for preserving old county marriage licenses, and Commissioner Court minutes books.