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Jail task force sticks with its Concordia site

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Cost estimate $4.35m

The Buena Vista County Supervisors today will hear the final report from the Jail Task Force after months of work.

Task Force Chair Bill Strawn will carry the Task Force's recommendations for a new jail and remodeling of the Courthouse to the supervisors at 11:15 a.m. "It's going to be pretty straightforward," Strawn said.

The Task Force at its Aug. 17 meeting had opted to stick with its plan to recommend remodeling a building owned by Concordia Lutheran School on West Milwaukee, although the Storm Lake Planning and Zoning Commission had voted down a proposal for the necessary change of zoning August 9, and neighbors have voiced objections.

The task force would count on the Storm Lake City Council overturning the planning and zoning recommendation on the issue.

The option the Task Force is looking at would total $4,359,850. That would include $3,381,500 for remodeling the Concordia building, $200,000 to purchase the property, $568,000 for the site preparation and construction contingency, and $200,000 to renovate the current sheriff's office and jail to provide needed Courthouse storage.

Strawn plans to review what the Task Force accomplished, options that the Task Force considered, and its recommendations for changes in the jail and to the Courthouse.

If Supervisors approve of a jail project, the issue would go to voters for a bond issue election.

In other business Tuesday, the supervisors will hear from Assistant County Rick Kimble regarding shelter care. Jim Stein will request a variance on a hog facility building due to a change in standards that had occurred prior to the time at which Stein constructed the facility.

County Engineer Jon Ites will bring assorted county road matters before the supervisors. County Recorder Shari O'Bannon will address the supervisors on the electronic technology fund and the Recorders' web site.

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