County OKs contract to repair jail, roof

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 24, 2001

[07/24/01] Supervisors will spend just more than $1 million on a new, angled roof for the 22-year-old Warren County Jail to overcome leaking problems.

The $1,099,000 contract with a Jackson company Monday to make roof and other improvements for an additional $66,450 was approved Monday.

Four bids were received last week for the jail work, and Mayrant and Associates LLC, of Jackson had the lowest total bid at $1,165,450, which was $84,550 less than the county’s estimate.

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The improvements will include the complete construction of the jail’s roof by replacing the flat roof with an angled metal roof.

“The roof and the parapet wall have problems with leakage,” said Richard George, District 5 supervisor and board president.

When built, the two-story jail, which can now hold about 140 inmates, was tied in with the existing century-old jail. Bid specifications allowed for additional work on older parts of the building if the budget allowed.

George said because the bid was below county estimates the additional work could be done.

The alternate work includes furnishing and installing new coated roofing and accessories on the older portion of the building in the amount of $21,450, and to furnish and install insulation in the exterior wall and cement plaster finish inside of exterior steel stud wall for $45,000.

“On the original jail roof, the outer edges and in-lay gutter system are deteriorated,” George said.

Work on the jail will begin as soon as notice is issued and the county receives a signed contract, George said. Mayrant will have 365 days from the time the notice is issued to complete to project.

The three other bids received by the county were from Coleman Hammons for $1,166,000, Moss Construction for $1,225,800, and Flagstar Construction for $1,244,500, including alternate work.

In other business, the county:

Took under advisement a request by the Parks and Recreation Commission to undertake irrigation improvements at soccer fields No. 1 and 2 at the soccer complex, to hook into an existing irrigation water line and boring under Tiffentown Road, and to cover the two soccer fields with turf grass. The amount for the project is $18,400 and, if approved, would come from gaming revenue.

Scheduled a meeting for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Board of Supervisors conference room to discuss the Halls Ferry Road bridge project.

Scheduled a meeting for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Eagle Lake Community Center to discuss the Sea Island project.

The Board of Supervisors will meet again Aug. 6 at 9 a.m.