Appraisal annex HVAC expansion approved


The Gonzales County Commissioners Court is seeking bids to expand the air conditioning in the annex building that houses the Gonzales Central Appraisal District to include the bathroom. The county is legally bound to provide heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) for the building through its lease agreement with the appraisal district.

The two-phase project will include lowering the ceiling in the bathroom and installing a new HVAC system. According to County Maintenance Worker Brian Kloesel, a new unit would be needed because of the units currently in the building would not be able to handle the size of the bathroom area.

Preliminary estimates had the project priced at “several hundred thousand” dollars, but County Judge Pat Davis believes the actual cost may be below projected total.

“Brian and I were trying to put some numbers together and we were pushing right at, give or take, right around $100,000,” Davis said.

As approved on Feb. 10, the court is seeking bids for the electrical work and the air conditioning equipment and installation. The ceiling lowering will be done in house by county employees.