Williams County Courthouse In Bad Shape

Roof leaks and other issues are pus­ing the Williams County Com­mis­sion­ers to exam­ine the county cour­t­house and get pro­fes­sional rec­om­men­da­tions to fix the prob­lems.

Engi­neers spent Mon­day inspect­ing the four-story, 126-year-old cour­t­house in down­town Bryan.

The Bryan Times reports that they walked the inte­rior of the build­ing and also used a mobile crane to inspect the slate roof and the brick and carved stone exte­rior of the cour­t­house.

Com­mis­sion­ers said they are par­tic­u­larly con­cerned with dam­age from roof leaks, par­tic­u­larly in the law library and court­rooms.

In addi­tion, the building’s four chim­neys need to be sealed up, and there are prob­lems with the mate­ri­als recently used at the building’s east side entry­way, which is closed as a pub­lic entrance.

Cur­rently, the cour­t­house has one pub­lic entrance, but no secu­rity mea­sures in place.

The review will include sug­ges­tions for upgrades to the building’s util­i­ties and infra­struc­ture too.

One issue is the high level of asbestos in the build­ing. Asbestos removal will have to be addressed at some point.

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