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Meeting on jail expansion 6 p.m. Nov. 26 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Denise Freitag Burdette   
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 9:48 PM

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During the Wednesday, Nov. 7, Dearborn County commissioner meeting, Mark Van Allen, lead architect at Rosser International, gave a presentation on the lastest schematic designs for the additions and renovations proposed for the Dearborn County jail.

County administrator Terri Randall said funding for the schematics were allocated by county council, but payment needed to be approved by commissioners.

Payment was approved, but commissioner Tom Orschell said he did not want to vote on a final design, leaving that decision to the two new commissioners taking office in January.

Orschell lost his re-election bid the previous day, and commissioner president Jeff Hughes did not run for re-election. The two new commissioners will be Kevin Lynch and Art Little.

Commissioner Shane McHenry, however, urged Orschell to cast a vote on the design, when commissioners hold a special public meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at the county administration building, 215 W. High St., Lawrenceburg.

McHenry said he understands Orschell is in a difficult position, but that he has put a lot of work into the jail project and should cast a vote.

“Do you believe in the project?” asked McHenry.

“Yes, but they might want to do something different,” said Orschell.

Hughes said he disagreed with McHenry, stating he appreciated Orschell leaving the decision for the incoming commissioners.

No firm numbers
“We have a jail design better than the last design on the table that is within budget,” said Randall, a little over a week after the Nov. 7 commissioners meeting.

There are details still being looked at, such as the type of walls, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing, she said.

“There are no firm numbers yet. We are trying to squeeze every penny out we can,” said Randall.

There are rumors the jail project is increasing in price. Unless something surprising comes up, the recommended proposal will be within $9.3 million, she said.

The jail committee has worked hard and will make a recommendation to commissioners, she said.

The jail committee consists of Mike Kreinhop, Dearborn County sheriff; Dave Lusby, chief deputy; Dave Hall, jail commander; Tom Orschell, county commissioner; Dennis Kraus Sr., county council president; Jim Hughes, county council member; Eric Hartman, county facilities director; Terri Randall, county administrator; Bryan Messmore, prosecutor’s representative (also a county council member); Shavonne Mehlbauer, Women’s JCAP Coordinator; Brad Rullman, Maxwell Construction Project Manager; Jeff Lyness, Maxwell Construction vice president, and Mark VanAllen, Rosser International lead architect.

“Nobody has a desire to build more than we need,” said Randall.

Alternatives designs, however, also will be presented to commissioners that may have higher costs. But she feels it is her job to present commissioners all of their options, she said.

During the Nov. 26 meeting, the details will be presented by the architect and construction manager. She wants everything to be out in the open, she said.

The same presentation will be given to county council members during a special meeting Tuesday, Dec. 11. The meeting time will probably be 6:30 p.m., she said.

After commissioners give a design recommendation, county council members will decide whether to fund the proposed plan and how.

Copies of the previous plan and the current schematics are posted at www.thedcregister.com.

During his Nov. 7 presentation, Van Allen said they were “looking at schematics to provide Dearborn County a lot of flexibility.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 9:59 PM