Jail site might be cleared by end of the year

Published 7:37 pm Monday, September 24, 2018

The Warren County Board of Supervisors is hoping the site for a new jail can be cleared of structures by the end of the year.

Board President Richard George told his fellow supervisors during their work session Monday asbestos abatement firms are being contacted in order to get quotes on the removal of any asbestos in the old Pinewoods Hotel, which sits on the 47-acre site the supervisors selected for the new jail, before demolition can take place.

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“We’re making moves to try and get in a position where we’d like to have, if possible, towards the end of the year have this site cleaned up,” George said.

George added that contact has also been made about the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality removing a pond on the site.

County Attorney Blake Teller told the board environmental testing a residential home on the site that was not included in the original bid can be done for $950.

“Unfortunately, what ever way it happened, neither quote I got was included that house,” Teller said.

In August, the supervisors accepted the low bid from DSM Environmental to perform services for an environmental study at the property with the former Pinewoods Hotel was located.

DSM Environmental had the low bid of $1,350 for an asbestos study for structures located on the site and $1,600 for the land. Supervisors accepted the lowest bid over EnviorServ LLC.

“Even adding the house to the mix (the bid) is still cheaper than the other quotes we got,” Teller said.

The supervisors are expected to vote on this and other matters during their regular board meeting Monday at 9 a.m. in their boardroom on the third floor of the Warren County Courthouse.