Another emergency personnel building will see some fixes soon. At the February 26th meeting of Commissioner’s Court, Grimes County Building Maintenance Manager Al Peeler presented his solution to fixing up the mold and leakage issues at the Grimes County Law Enforcement Center.
Upon investigating the problem himself, Peeler says, after setting up air scrubbers they found a pretty big cause of the issue.
“After long conversations, with a lot of people, we found that the roof has been leaking for several years,” Peeler said.
Peeler says the fixes to the building need to be done in three steps. A fix to the roof, mold remediation and then finally, a new climate control system needs to be installed.
He says the climate control part might be one of the most important pieces.
“When it gets humid outside, and they are trying to cool it down to 68 on a concrete wall, guess what happens? it immediately sends mold signs up 100 percent,” said Peeler.
In total, the combined cost of the contracts presented would cost the county $270,963, with about a $6,000 bit of help from the Texas Association of Counties. The remainder of the cost would be pulled from the County FUND Balance.
Peeler also wanted to mention that this solves immediate problems, but this new system has potential for add-ons in the future.
“It is my belief that with the budget the jail has for maintenance…you can build off this system to be as great as the Justice Center system will be…but this is a basic system to get us through right now so we do not have this recurring thing,” said Peeler.
After about 45 minutes of debate, the commissioners approved the contracts for repairs to the Grimes County Law Enforcement Center.