The New Grimes County Justice Center has been chugging along to its grand opening in recent weeks, but things have hit a kink recently.
County Building Maintenance Manager Al Peeler gave an update to Commissioner’s during Wednesday’s regular meeting, saying that things look good to the naked eye, but they are not finished yet.
“It is going, but it is going slow. It is back orders, it is people getting sick, it is just a menagerie of reasons why it is going slow. We also had to change some things we did not like,” said Peeler.
In total, they have lost 154 days due to rain, or illness.
As for the back order log of things they need, that is not excuses from the contractor. Items they need, even to finish up the jail, are 8 to even 12 weeks out.
“If I did not see it in any other projects, I would question them harder. But, I am seeing that play out all through the industry right now. So, they are not telling a fib, they are not trying to buy time..it is just what it s right now,” Peeler said.
He added the contractors goals are to start moving people in by mid-November, but that might be optimistic.