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Title: Bids for Jail Awarded
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After months of discussions and planning for the new Warren County Jail it appears construction for the new facility will begin as scheduled in September.

Monday afternoon, during the Warren County Commissioners regular meeting, the board voted to approve the prime contractors for the project as recommended by E.I. Brown, the architectural firm hired to oversee and plan the project.

The contracts were awarded to the low bidders. Bids for the project were opened on July 2nd and have been under consideration since that time. Several alternates were accepted, that were included in the specifications for the bidders. Bidders were also requested to include any voluntary alternates that would be more cost efficient for the project.

It was agreed during a special meeting July 13 that that apparent low bidders would be contracted by E.I. Brown to negotiate voluntary alternates considered acceptable to see if the project costs could be lowered withough compromising the integrity of the new jail.

While many of the voluntary alternates were not accepted, some were included , which cut the cost of the project by $30,000. At the July 13 special Commissioners meeting, E.I. Brown reported the total cost including the alternates included in the bidding process at $2,141,992. At the end of the negotiations with the apparent low bidders E.I. Brown met once again with Commissioners, attending the afternoon session of their regular meeting, Monday July 20. Voluntary alternates were discussed and those it was agreed upon to accept were voted on and the low bidders approved. Project cost for the jail construction alone (not including the caisson foundations system) now stands at $2,100,000.

It was also agreed over the past few months to include several other items that are related in the total project, as bid by contractors. Those items include utility work needed for the jail project, the deep foundation system, designing, preparing and completing a city parking lot and jail parking lot. One other item has been included as well as a matter of timing and convenience and that is alterations to improve handicap access to any and all county buildings as required by law. The new law just recently went into effect and with the architects and contrators to be on site it was felt the county could make use of those individuals while they were already working in the county. The additional projects bring the cost to $2,608,325.

Also at Monday's meeting after voting to accept the low bids for primary contractors, the Commissioners signed the contract for the General Contractor for the project Mid States General and Mechanical, Lafayette, who submitted the lowest bid of $1,328,340. The other contracts have not yet been signed but the bids were accepted for: Fauber Construction, Lafayette,$72,297 for Paving; Burton Mechanical Cont., Rochester, $637,400 for the Mechanical and Electrical contracting combined; Koorsen Protection Services, Indianapolis, $156,318 for Security; and Ziolkowski Construction, South Bend, $413,970 for Masonry.

The first item of business to be taken care of before anything else gets underway for the project, is the completion (ready to use) parking for the city. The lot will be built and in use however a final coat of asphalt and curbs may be finished at a later time.

Even though it's been talked about for years, it's still hard for most people to envision just exactly where the new Warren County Jail is going to be built and what the facility will look like when completed. With groundbreaking for the project due to begin in a month or two, E.I. Brown and Associates have provided a sketch of the new building in relation to the courthouse and block where the new facility will be constructed. This sketch (picture above)will give taxpayers a good idea of how the new structure will look in Williamsport.

Date: 7/22/1992
Origin: The Review Republican
Author: LeeAnne Akers
Record ID: 00002506
Type: Periodical
Source Archive: Warren County Historical Society
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Entered By: Amber M Knipe

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