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With all of the activities related to the pandemic, I have fallen behind in my writings and I apologize for that.  This will NOT be a press release about the virus, masks, the budget, or the bond election. 

Every two years, the Commissioners’ Court appoints members of the community to the county historical commission.  Membership is open to anyone who has an interest in preserving and developing the historic and cultural resources of the county.  The county historical commission, which implements the state preservation program in this area, cooperates directly with the Texas Historical Commission.

Every county has a unique history and Callahan County is no exception.  The principle objectives of the county historical commission will continue to be the identification, protection, and interpretation of our county history of which we are justifiably proud.  Other objectives include the sharing in the development of history as a tourist attraction and cooperation with all other groups working on these or similar goals.

In the past, the county historical commission has participated or led the way in several projects.  As you may be aware, the first Burkett pecan tree was developed in Callahan County.  When it died, a lot of the wood was used to make pen sets, suitably engraved with information about the tree.  I have one and I’m proud of it.

The commission was involved in printing the book, “I Remember Callahan,” provided speakers on specific historical events, organized cemetery clean-ups, and recommended and funded the erection of county historical markers such as the one in front of the old county hospital.

This article will be posted on our website, www.callahancounty.org along with a link to a membership application.  If you have an interest in the history of Callahan County and would like to be a member of the commission, please submit an application by January 15, 2021.  There is no membership fee.  The commissioners will appoint the members in January and the commission will meet to elect officers. 

We have a proud history in Callahan County.  One marked by cattle drives, historic cemeteries, and idyllic landscapes.  Please help preserve this history by being a part of the Callahan County Historical Commission.

Since winter is upon us, it is a good idea to put together a winter safety emergency kit.  Winter storms can surprise you and, if you are not at home, you may find yourself in a difficult situation.  If you are home, you may have to be prepared to face a power outage or other concerns.  The Texas Division of Emergency Management has an excellent web page dedicated to preparing an emergency kit that can be found at https://tdem.texas.gov/prepare-your-emergency-kit-wintersafety/

County offices will be closed Wednesday through Friday, Christmas week (12/23-25/2020); and New Years Eve and Day (12/31/2020-01/01/2021).  We wish all of you a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

Click here for the application and the bylaws

 

PUBLIC NOTICE:

CALLAHAN COUNTY, TEXAS REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS NO. 2020-003

FOR ARCHITECTURAL AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FOR THE HISTORIC RESTORATION OF THE CALLAHAN

COUNTY, TEXAS COURTHOUSE

  NOTICE IS GIVEN that Callahan County, Texas (“County”), through its Commissioners Court, has approved and issued its Callahan County, Texas Request for Qualifications No. 2020-003 (“RFQ”) for architectural and other professional services (including engineering services) for its public works project (“Project”) for the historic restoration of the Callahan County, Texas Courthouse located in Baird, Callahan County, Texas as described in the RFQ.

  The County requires for the Project the services of an Architect (including engineering services) with experience and competence regarding the historic design, restoration, construction, and repair of public office and court buildings in Texas, particularly historic Texas courthouses, and that is familiar with relevant and applicable laws, standards, and regulations regarding those types of buildings, including grant or public debt funded projects in Texas.  The selected Architect shall be requested to timely perform services for the Project, including: (1) to prepare and provide design, construction, and repair plans and related documents for the Project for the safe and efficient use of the historically restored Courthouse as a public office and court building, including analysis, recommendations, and plans regarding all issues that may contribute to or affect that use; (2) to provide recommendations to the County regarding all issues described in this paragraph, complete with cost estimates; and (3) to provide design, construction, completion, and post-construction phase services to the County regarding design documents, construction and contract documents, procurement, negotiated proposals for contractors or consultants, evaluation of construction work, and other professional services needed for the Project.

  Copies of the RFQ may be obtained from the Hon. G. Scott Kniffen, County Judge, Callahan County, Texas, Callahan County Courthouse, 100 West 4th Street, Suite 200, Baird, Texas 79504, (325) 854-5805 (Telephone).

  The RFQ may be downloaded from the County’s internet website at www.co.callahan.tx.us. Important RFQ response deadlines exist, including: (1) RFQ Responses shall be sealed, marked, addressed and timely delivered by mail, courier, or hand-delivery to the Hon. G. Scott Kniffen, County Judge, Callahan County, Texas, at his office address noted above, on or before December 28, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. County local time; (2) RFQ Responses shall be opened by the Commissioners Court at its public meeting on December 28, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. County local time, at the Callahan County Courthouse, District Courtroom, 100 West 4th Street, Suite 301 Baird, Texas 79504; and (3) thereafter, at the same or a subsequent public meeting as allowed by law, the Commissioners Court may conduct the evaluation of the Responses and the final selection of an Architect.

  The County may reject any or all RFQ Responses submitted for the Project and may rely on all protections afforded the County within the competitive procurement procedure allowed by law.

Click here to see RFQ

Click here to see response to submitted questions

 

PUBLIC NOTICE:

CALLAHAN COUNTY, TEXAS REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS NO. 2020-004

FOR ARCHITECTURAL AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES REGARDING CONSTRUCTION, REPAIRS AND IMPROVEMENTS TO THE CALLAHAN

COUNTY ANNEX, CALVO, AND HISTORIC JAIL BUILDINGS

NOTICE IS GIVEN that Callahan County, Texas (“County”), through its Commissioners Court, has approved and issued its Callahan County, Texas Request for Qualifications No. 2020-004 (“RFQ”) for architectural and other professional services (including engineering services) for its public works project (“Project”) regarding proposed construction, repairs, and improvements to the County Annex, Calvo, and Historic County Jail Buildings located in Baird, Callahan County, Texas as described in the RFQ. 

  The County requires for the Project the services of an Architect (including engineering services) with experience and competence with the design, construction, and repair of public office buildings in Texas, and that is familiar with relevant and applicable laws, standards, and regulations regarding those types of buildings, including grant or public debt funded projects in Texas.  The selected Architect shall be requested to timely perform services for the Project, including: (1) to prepare and provide design, construction, and repair plans and related documents for the Project (including within the scope of the Project the proposed expansion of the County Annex Building) for the safe and efficient use of the Project buildings, including analysis, recommendations, and plans regarding all issues that may contribute to or affect that use; (2) to provide recommendations to the County regarding all issues described in this paragraph, complete with cost estimates; and (3) to provide design, construction, completion, and post-construction phase services to the County regarding design documents, construction and contract documents, procurement, negotiated proposals for contractors or consultants, evaluation of construction work, and other professional services needed for the Project.

  Copies of the RFQ may be obtained from the Hon. G. Scott Kniffen, County Judge, Callahan County, Texas, Callahan County Courthouse, 100 West 4th Street, Suite 200, Baird, Texas 79504, (325) 854-5805 (Telephone).

  The RFQ may be downloaded from the County’s internet website at www.co.callahan.tx.us. Important RFQ response deadlines exist, including: (1) RFQ Responses shall be sealed, marked, addressed and timely delivered by mail, courier, or hand-delivery to the Hon. G. Scott Kniffen, County Judge, Callahan County, Texas, at his office address noted above, on or before December 28, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. County local time; (2) RFQ Responses shall be opened by the Commissioners Court at its public meeting on December 28, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. County local time, at the Callahan County Courthouse, District Courtroom, 100 West 4th Street, Suite 301 Baird, Texas 79504; and (3) thereafter, at the same or a subsequent public meeting as allowed by law, the Commissioners Court may conduct the evaluation of the Responses and the final selection of an Architect.

  The County may reject any or all RFQ Responses submitted for the Project and may rely on all protections afforded the County within the competitive procurement procedure allowed by law. 

Click here to see RFQ

 

CALLAHAN COUNTY

INVITATION TO BID

BID TITLE: BANK DEPOSITORY

OPENING DATE: December 14, 2020

OPENING TIME: 9:30 A.M.

PLACE: CALLAHAN COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ COURTROOM

    LOCATED ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF THE CALLAHAN      

    COUNTY COURTHOUSE

CONTACT PERSON:  JAN WINDHAM

              CALLAHAN COUNTY TREASURER

              100 W.  4TH STREET, STE. 100

               BAIRD, TEXAS 79504

      (325)  854-5840

               jan.windham@callahancounty.org

Click here to download complete bid packet.  For a list of accounts with account balances, please contact Jan Windham as noted above.