PRINCETON — It would cost $250,000 to build a structure like this, and it would cost money to tear it down — so Gibson County Council members agreed Tuesday it made more sense to spend around $70,000 to move a steel building onto the county jail’s new construction site and use it for storage.
But the work will need to be done on short notice, as the county hopes to launch the jail project in September.
Retired Sheriff George Ballard, who works under contract as the county’s representative on the jail construction project, told council members Tuesday that two structures on the former Tri-State Monument Company property overlooking on Main and Brumfield which was recently acquired by the county must be moved. or demolished.
The larger 60ft by 50ft building is a steel structure which may be needed for storage once the old prison is demolished, as the new prison will not have a basement. The new jail is being built immediately north of the existing jail, with the sheriff’s office at the southwest corner of Prince and Brumfield.
The former Standard Printing property was acquired by the county a few years ago, and this land will be used for parking.
Ballard proposed moving the steel building to the southeast corner of the standard printing lot and using it to store lawnmowers and other equipment currently stored in the basement of the jail.
He presented an estimate from MCF Movers to move the building, pour a concrete slab and connect utilities for approximately $75,000. He said he received estimates that it would cost $250,000 to build another building like this.
The smaller building on the planned prison property can be sold or bulldozed, he suggested.
Council members voted 5-0 on Tuesday (Derek McGraw and Jay Riley absent) to pay for the building’s move, using money from the county’s economic development tax fund and the city’s cumulative capital construction fund. county.
Ballard briefed the board on the prison construction project, noting that a second round of bids for the project will be open on July 26, and Garmong Construction will make recommendations on the bids to Gibson County Commissioners at the meeting. August 15 at 5 p.m.
He said the commissioners also authorized RQAW architects to work with the Indiana Department of Transportation on any issues that may arise, since the construction site is near Ind. 65 (North Main).
Ballard also reported that the Indiana Department of Corrections reviewed and approved plans for the prison.
The board approved an extension of Ballard’s contract from September to June 7, 2024, which is expected to go through the construction of the prison and the prison employee training phase.
At Tuesday’s meeting, the board authorized an additional $1.35 million for prison project personnel services (architect RQAW and general contractor Garmong Construction).
They have agreed to advertise an additional $67,648.57 for the probation office/public defender construction project submitted by Danco Construction.
Council members questioned the scope of the changes, which include some floor plan changes, plumbing, HVAC and other measures. County Attorney Jason Spindler said most of the odds came from the public defender’s office and noted that the county would be reimbursed for a portion of the expenses awarded to the public defender’s office.
Councilman Craig Pflug asked what prompted the changes. “It was a very fluid project,” Spindler said.
Council members also agreed to announce an additional appropriation of $8,885 from the cumulative construction fund for the courthouse security project. Additional costs include the increased price of a generator, additional cameras, an elevator, an x-ray machine at the south entrance, and security badges for employees.
Pflug moved a motion to announce the additional credit, but said “the commissioners or whoever made the decision to allow the increase instead of holding the contractor to the original offer, must provide an explanation. We don’t know what’s going on.
Before the meeting adjourned, Mark Fehrenbacher asked the board to work to a fixed budget for 2023 with no salary increases for employees. He said that while he regretted making the suggestion, taxpayers are facing a recession and high inflation.
“No one ever comes to us and asks us to spend less,” Council Chairman Jeremy Overton said.