The old Law Enforcement Center on the Graham Square is a little closer to having an official demolition date.

On Monday morning, Jan. 27, the Young County Commissioners Court passed a motion allowing for the solicitation of bids to demolish the building. The commissioners court has set a bid solicitation deadline of Friday at 4 p.m., Feb. 21. Members of the court will then consider each bid beginning Monday morning, Feb. 24 at 10:30.

The building on the southwest corner of the Graham Square has served as the most prominent wedge issue among the Young County Commissioners Court since a late October vote to demolish it passed 3-1, with County Judge Bullock voting against it and Commissioner Stacey Rogers absent the vote.

Members of the commissioners court voting in favor of the demolition had hoped to have the building torn down sooner, as a contract through Matrix Demolition for $37,400 has been awaiting use for over a year.

The Matrix contract was designed to facilitate a salvage demolition, meaning that the price of the demolition is significantly reduced based on the salvage material Matrix estimates it can recover from the building.

The contract was mostly brokered through Commissioner Jimmy Wiley, who at Monday's meeting agreed to carry on with a competitive bid process in the interest of expediency. The final agreement to seek competitive bidding came after Commissioner Mike Sipes suggested that it was the best approach, as long as such a process didn't hinder and delay demolition proceedings.

Read the full story in wednesday's Graham Leader.