The sound quality in the Runnels County Courthouse could improve drastically if Runnels County commissioners approve a project that will ad new sound equipment and wall covering in the district and commissioners courtrooms. Commissioners met Tuesday, Aug. 8.

The sound quality in the Runnels County Courthouse could improve drastically if Runnels County commissioners approve a project that will ad new sound equipment and wall covering in the district and commissioners courtrooms. Commissioners met Tuesday, Aug. 8.

On Tuesday, Brad Davis, and Tom Glossup, who have worked on roofing projects for the county, proposed a plan to improve the sound quality in the district courtroom that includes the installation of sound reflection material on the walls and the installation of a new sound system in the district courtroom.

Davis was said that he had assessed both areas and that the sound quality in both rooms, particularly the district courtroom, was very poor.

“You have a lot of echo,” Davis told commissioners.

Davis, who is also a musician and producer, said the product is called Sound Reflection Solution paneling and is made of bird’s eye maple, and can be installed for $4 a square foot.

“This material is amazing,” Davis said.

There is 1,600 square feet of walls in the courtroom.

Glossup said he believed that the equipment that is currently in the courtroom is “very antiquated.”

“The mixer is so antiquated you could anchor a boat with it,” Glossup said.

Glossup told the panel that the sound system would include a computer, that costs about $600 online.

The preliminary cost of the project is estimated at about $7,000 for materials and the computer. Installation costs will be estimated and presented at a future meeting.

Commissioner Richard Strube made the motion to have Glossup and Davis work up a cost estimate and how much material is needed in each room.

In other business, commissioners:

*Approved an emergency budget item for $50,000 for the completion of the paving of the Juniper Creek Bridge.

*Approved budget amendments and line item adjustments for the 2016-17 fiscal year budget.

*Approved payment of all accounts.

*Approved maintenance and support agreement for financial hardware in the county auditor/treasurer’s office.

*Adopted a resolution authorizing Meals on Wheels of Abilene and Meals For The Elderly in San Angelo, to submit grant applications to the Texas Department of Agriculture for the Texans Feeding Texans Home-Delivered Meal Grant Program. Precinct 3 Commissioner Roy Mints abstained.