County Judge Dean Fowler said that some people were treating the lot as “a dog park.”
The Friends had paid for a fence and a pavilion on the lot, which is the site of the old Library Annex, which burned several years ago.
Fowler said people were taking their dogs there “and not cleaning up” after them.
The court also accepted bid of $5,800 to repair a torchia (lamp post) at the northern entrance to the courthouse. The post had been damaged a few years ago when high winds tore a roof off a building on the north side of the street, facing the courthouse, and deposited it against the court building.
Another bid was for $735, but Fowler said the Texas Historical Commission could reject the work and make the county have it redone if not up to the original.
The county has applied for a “restoration” grant, to restore the courthouse as much as possible to the way it was in 1937.
The county’s insurance would reimburse for most ot the larger bid, Fowler said. He added that the insurance company would close the file on the claim on June 30, and if the county doesn’t use it, it will lose it.