A Schuylkill Haven company has been awarded the task of repointing, patching and cleaning 30,000 square feet of the Carbon County Courthouse' exterior walls.

The commissioners on Thursday agreed to give the work to Spotts Brothers, Inc., which bid $363,750.

Another company, Jones Masonry Restoration Corp., Harrisburg, also bid on the job, and for a lower amount, but withdrew its bid because it had omitted certain work at the time of its bid submission.

Money for the project comes partially from a bond issue refinancing in 2008.

"In addition to eliminating the occupational tax with that bond issue, the commissioners set aside $2.5 million for capital projects," said Chairman William O'Gurek.

One such project was the new quarters for the county's third judge, the Hon. Steven Serfass. That part of the project is almost finished, with Serfass hearing cases in the room for the first time Thursday.

"That was tagged at $1.5 million, and we're going to be about $100,000 over that," O'Gurek said.

Courthouse annex renovations last year came to about $275,000.

The $360,000 for the exterior will draw $113,000 from a capital improvement fund for the county nursing home at Weatherwood. That fund is no longer needed as the commissioners are proceeding with the sale of the home.

O'Gurek asked the public and employees to have patience with navigating the scaffolding and work.