Smith County Courthouse gets a bath

The Smith County Courthouse will once again shine amongst the downtown buildings when its first cleaning in at least a decade commences on Thursday.

Cleaning crews will begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22 and continue until 3 a.m. on Friday morning to completely clean the building's exterior. Crews will resume work over next several weekends to finish the project with minimal disturbance to the public.

"The Historical Society of Texas has cleared us to do a 90 percent cleaning. This means we will completely clean the building without using a high pressure spray to avoid any damage to the land mark," Smith County Physical Plant Director Stephen Christian said.

Christian said he could not find any record of the Smith County Court House undergoing this kind of renovation anytime in his nine years of service with the county.

The project will be completed by the Mid-Continental Restoration Company of Fort Worth and is being paid for in cash as part of the county's Pay As You Go program.

"I am very excited to see the start of this work in addition to our ongoing efforts to maintain our facilities on a pay-as-you-go basis," Precinct 2 Commissioner William McGinnis said. "Cleaning of the Courthouse is long overdue."

The Pay As You Go program sets aside funds from a half-cent tax specifically for facility maintenance and improvement projects.