Work Continues Atop McLennan County Courthouse

As Reported By Ann Harder:

WACO – Despite weeks of back-and-forth negotiations with the Texas Historical Commission, work is still going according to schedule on the McLennan County Courthouse’s ailing roof.

On Tuesday, McLennan County Commissioners approved money to hire an independent engineer to make sure the work meets THC standards.

Johnson Roofing was awarded the original contract to repair the courthouse roof. Bill Johnson, the owner of Johnson Roofing, says restoration of the 100-year-old architecture requires a special set of skills.

Johnson, who’s spent his career repairing some of Waco’s most historic structures, says work with the THC is going smoothly, and he’s honored to have a place in the courthouse’s history.

Restoration efforts are currently concentrating on a part of the building damaged in a fire.

Once that work is finished, contractors will build scaffolding to repair the damaged statue of “Themis” the Greek goddess of justice, at the top of the courthouse dome.