The county jail's leaking roof will have to wait another year for repairs because bids for the work came in much higher than expected.
Earlier this year, the county engaged a consultant to apply his expertise in large commercial roofs and solicit proposals with the proper specifications for jail house roof repairs.
The county budgeted $115,000 for the work to be done this year.
The results of the consultant's services came in later than expected on Oct. 29, and the bids were way over budget, ranging from a low of $186,833 to a high $273,350. The county had expected costs in the range of $7.50 per square foot, but bids were more than twice that amount to repair the 14,000 square feet of jail roof.
The Board of County Commissioners discussed what to do about the project during a meeting with the sheriff and county grounds supervisor on Monday, Nov. 4.
They decided that the project would be re-bid next year; the price is too high and the timing is too late to try and complete the project this year, they determined.
Commission chair Doug Atchley said, "We want a better explanation from the consultant why the bids were so far off. That's why we hired him."
The consultant's agreement with the county was for a payment amounting to 5 percent of any bid awarded, and none was awarded. That matter will be under further discussion.
The county will keep the $115,000 budget for the repairs this year and roll it forward into next year's spending plan. More money will be budgeted to fix roof leaks at the jail expecting that bids will come in at least as high next year.
There are roof leaks that are affecting cell block areas, but no water comes in over sleeping areas, said Sheriff Fred McKee. When the roof leaks, buckets are set out to catch water.
The building has other water leak problems that are coming from water pipes and drain lines, commissioners were told.
In a separate business item, commissioners approved an agreement with a telephone service provider to supply phone service in the jail for inmates and their families.
Sheriff McKee reported that the current service provider, Securus, "meets or exceeds all the requests of the (bid) proposal and has demonstrated the ability to provide excellent service."
County inmates have two options for making calls, McKee told the commissioners. They can either make collect calls from the jail or purchase a phone card from the jail commissary. The department buys the phone cards from Securus and sells them to inmates at a 40 percent markup, he said.
The department will earn an estimated $43,764 on the Securus contract that was approved by commissioners.blog comments powered by Disqus