Bids to build a new, 100-bed Logan County Jail in Paris will be opened Thursday morning in the third floor courtroom of the Logan County Courthouse in Paris.
Bids are scheduled to be opened at 10:30 a.m., according to Logan County Judge Ray Gack.
The opening is one week later that originally scheduled, Gack said. Bids were supposed to be opened on May 11.
“We decided to wait until May 18 to give them more time,” Gack said last week. “So far, no bids have been turned in. It’s a big project and it’s going to take a while to get a bid package ready.”
The bidding process opened on April 19. The county wants to build the jail on county-owned property on South Lowder Road in Paris. The 100-bed jail will replace the existing Logan County Jail on Grober Street in Paris. The jail needs to be replaced because it has been repeatedly cited for violations of jail standards and it is overcrowded. Last June, voters approved a one percent hike in sales taxes to build, operate and maintain a new jail. Gack has estimated the cost of the new jail at $10 million, but the county has up to $13 million in bond funds available.
“If this were a smaller project, the fact we don’t have bids yet would concern me,” Gack said last week. “I think a lot of people will bid on it. We’ll see a lot of bids come in.”
As for the price, Gack said he’s determined to see it built for $10 million.
“I’m going to do everything I can to see it built for $10 million,” Gack said. “That’s what I told everybody it would cost.”
It is expected the facility will take 18 to 24 months to build.