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Depending on how it's finished, the cost of the new county law enforcement facility will run $4.5 to just shy of $5 million.
Omaha, Neb., architect Rod Moore released the figures this week, just in time for consideration by the Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors which plans a meeting for 1 p.m. Friday to set a date for a bond election and to discuss plans for public information on the jail project. The most recent date discussed for the bond election has been Nov. 8, in conjunction with the municipal elections.
The base bid of $4,496,515 would provide for a 42-bed facility that would allow for better classification of prisoners in addition to more space overall. The current jail is in need of extensive repairs that could amount to "seven figures", according to what Supervisor Bill Lanphere said at Tuesday's Board meeting.
One alternate would be to construct a roof and wall to enclose a 2,000-square-foot alcove dedicated for a possible 16-bed expansion to the jail. That cost is estimated at $286,074.
Another 1,800-square-foot addition for the county engineer's office, to be located next to the sally port and with a separate entrance, would cost an additional $196,875. The engineer's office currently occupies about 1,600 square feet. All told, if all options were adopted, the total cost of a new jail is estimated at $4,979,464.
Moore said he had called a number of suppliers and contractors to get current materials cost estimates in order to provide the most accurate estimate possible.