Work to restore the exterior of the Grayson County Courthouse is expected to get underway in the next two weeks and should be completed by the end of the year.

The Grayson County Commissioners Court awarded a $148,711 contract for the restoration and cleaning of the courthouse’s exterior to Frontier Waterproofing from Denton during Tuesday’s meeting. County Purchasing Agent Jeff Schneider said Frontier was the low bidder on the project among the six bids received for the work.

“We budgeted about $160,000 or so for this type of work, so we’re a little under budget for that, but then you throw the engineering on top and we’re right at what we projected,” Schneider said. “We have had a lengthy discussion with the engineering company and the low bidder to make sure that everybody understood exactly the scope of work and there weren’t any issues there.”

Schneider said the engineering company also recommended Frontier as the two companies have worked together in the past and Frontier does “good work.”

“I have learned more about cleaning historic limestone than I ever wanted to know in my entire life,” Grayson County Judge Bill Magers said of the bidding process for the cleaning and restoration work. “The idea of getting out there with a power washer just does not float. It doesn’t get you anywhere.”

After Frontier, the next lowest bid received by the county was for $160,044.95 from Lone Star Waterproofing out of Irving and the highest bid, at $499,977, came from Sunbelt out of Dallas. The project also received bids from Oklahoma Waterproofing from Oklahoma City, Mid-Continental Restoration from Fort Worth and Brazos Restoration out of Waxahachie. Commissioner Jeff Whitmire asked about the large range of bids before the contract was awarded.

“Anytime I see that, I get a little bit nervous and that’s one of the reasons we had a telephone conversation with them,” Schneider said of talking with Frontier. “But in talking with the high bidder, somehow he had anticipated that he was going to have to grind out every mortar joint in the building and replace it. So he had a misunderstanding of what the scope of work was.”

Schneider said Frontier indicated the company could start work on the courthouse in about two weeks and it expects to have the project completed in 120 days.

“I want to recognize Jeff and Gregg Allen,” Magers said of Schneider and the county’s maintenance director for the work they’ve done to get the project to this point. “This has been a big project. A historical courthouse is an asset to the community and we’re maintaining it the proper way. It’s a lot of money, but it’s also a great courthouse. I think it’s a real gem for this county.”