The Somervell County Commissioners Court decided Monday to hold the May 8 special election to fill the remainder of State Sen. Kip Averitt's term in one polling location at the County Annex.

The county's elections coordinator, Cathy Thomas, said it made sense to consolidate the county's polling places because the special election is for only one race and one party. The election is only to replace Averitt, a Republican from Waco, until the general election is held in November to elect a new state senator.

Averitt decided to not to run for re-election because of health issues.

Because the City Council and Glen Rose Independent School District bond issue elections will be held at Town Hall next to the annex, voters likely will be downtown anyway, commissioners noted.

I think the bond issue might draw a large turnout, Commissioner Mike Ford said.

Commissioners also heard from Michael Stephenson, who wants to bid on stones from surplus county buildings on hospital property. Stephenson said he wants to use the stones for a courtyard at his planned new restaurant on Vine Street because they have a sense of history. Another person is interested in bidding on the buildings' lumber.

I'd rather see somebody use the wood rather than tear it up and then throw it in the dumpster, Commissioner Lloyd Wirt said.

Commissioners decided to go ahead and put the surplus property out for bids. The winning bidder or bidders also would be required to clean up the site except for the foundation.

Bids will due on April 9 at 5 p.m. They will be unsealed at the court's next meeting at 9:30 a.m. on April 12.