County to apply for grant to make Courthouse repairs


Some of the concrete balustrades at the Limestone County Courthouse have deteriorated over time and must be replaced before chunks fall down and possibly injure a passerby. The county is in the process of applying for a matching grant from the Texas Historical Commission to make this and other repairs. Contributed photo/Sam Callis

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners plan to apply for help from the state Historical Commission to make some of the needed repairs at the Courthouse.

Maintenance Supervisor Sam Callis gave a presentation on the subject at Monday’s commissioners court meeting, explaining what is needed and requesting permission to apply for the Texas Courthouse Restoration Grant from the State Historical Commission to fund the work.

Through its Courthouse Preservation Grant, the Commission has about $4.2 million to distribute among 30 applicants. Callis said the Commission would award as much as $400,000 to a single applicant.

Projecting photographic images onto a screen to illustrate what he was describing, Callis listed the problem as leaks that allow rain water to enter, cracks in ceilings, walls and sidewalks, and deterioration of concrete balustrades and mortar between brickwork.

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