The Logan County Quorum Court’s Jail Committee got a look Monday night at revised plans to build a 100-bed detention center in Paris.
Logan County Judge Ray Gack, Logan County Sheriff Boyd Hicks, architect Jo Minden and employees of Circle M Construction went over the revised plans last week. If approved by the Jail Committee and the full Quorum Court, bid packages will be prepared and the project will likely go out for bid sometime toward the end of October, Gack said last week.
“They want to give more time for consideration of bid packets in the hope that will attract more bidders,” Gack said.
Bids were initially opened this summer and came in at $13.6 million, more than the county has to spend on the project and more than the $10 million Gack is hoping to spend.
Last year, voters in the county overwhelmingly approved a one percent hike in sales taxes to build and operate and maintain the new jail. Last November, $10 million in bonds were sold backed by the tax. In the election, voters authorized issuing up to $13 million in bonds.
When the initial bids came in high, the county asked for a revision of plans in an attempt to lower the cost. For example, the initial proposal was to build a two-story jail. That has been revised to a one-story jail.
“I’m hoping this time, the bids come in cheaper,” Gacks said.
Of course, all of this has caused a delay in construction. Preparation work at the South Lowder Street site in Paris has been finished but initially Gack was hoping the facility would be under construction by now.
“I wanted to be under construction by now,” Gack said. “Hopefully, we can begin construction sometime in November. At least that’s what I’m hoping if everything goes right.”
The new jail will replace the existing jail located in Paris. The existing jail, built in the 1980s, has been repeated cited for violations of jail standards.