The Scotts Bluff County Board Monday authorized Board Chair Mark Masterton to sign a letter of intent for FCI Construction to move forward on plans to remodel the County Detention Center.
But the Board does not expect to sign a contract for the $4.375 million project until it gets a letter from the State Jail Standards board verifying their approval of the remodel plans. Masterton says the commissioners will also do some “tweaking” of such things as the insurance for the project that may save around $10,000.
Masterton says the construction will begin soon after signing of the contract so the medical addition and any other open areas are closed off before cold weather hits later this year. The project is expected to be complete in late March or early April barring any unforeseen problems.
Masterton also said the commissioners are anticipating signing a contract with the state and the Immigration Service to take additional prisoners at the facility.
The county already has a contract to accept federal prisoners, but Masterton says even with the new contracts he does not anticipate the jail having the overcrowding problems hat forced the remodel.
Masterton says the county will have over 270 beds once the remodel is completed, and if there is an occasional issue due to a temporary hike in local prisoners, the county will not accept any more prisoners from their contract partners.