Caldwell County Judge-Executive Larry Curling will not seek reelection when his current term ends in December, 2022, he told members of the fiscal court Monday.

“It’s been an honor to work in public service for 40 years, 8 years in county government, and 32 years in the local school system,” Curling said.

“I want to thank the citizens of Caldwell County for allowing me to do so. With that being said, I still have over a year left and we will continue to get as much accomplished as possible.”

Also Monday, the fiscal court approved a $278,400 bid for a new cooling tower at the courthouse.

According to Curling, the tower is important for the upper floors of the courthouse, for example, like the courtroom during the summer months.

The bid was awarded to Mechanical Consultants.

Curling said the replacement is a winter project. He noted the current cooling tower lasted 25 years, and he expects the new one to last just as long.

The judge-executive also discussed recent paving projects.

According to Curling, Dollar, Cecil Sigler, Calvert, and Goodsprings roads were paved last week, and paving won’t start up again until next spring.