By EVAN WADE
The Clay County Commissioners have given a multimillion-dollar job to an area business, allowing the company to start work on the new Clay County jail in the very near future.
Hannig Construction's bid was selected in Monday's commissioners meeting. The company submitted the lowest bid to the commissioners, with a base cost of $9,797,000. With alternate work included to that price, the total cost came to $10,646,000.
Of the six bidding companies, the two lowest prices came from local firms.
"Hannig has quite a reputation for doing quality projects in the area, and they certainly know jails," Commissioner Daryl Andrews said. "They did the Parke County jail on budget and before deadline. We're very happy to be working with them."
The commissioners took the bid with alternates 6, 12, 13, and 14. These alternates will allow Hannig to add padding to one holding cell and finish two dayrooms within the structure, among other projects. The four alternates and base costs combined came to a price of $10,396,000.
Other alternates, such as adding two additional flagpoles to the site, putting extra signs around the property, and extra landscaping, were not accepted with the bid but not completely disqualified. Since these projects could be implemented around the site during or after construction, the commissioners decided to hold off on a decision until they could talk to Board President David Parr, who could not attend due to health issues.
Additionally, the commissioners passed a resolution basically confirming that they will proceed with the bonding process for the jail. Construction is expected to start somewhere between the middle of July and the beginning of August.
A discussion on the courthouse's dome was also entertained at the meeting. The dome is in dire need of repair and threatens to leak every time it rains.
Brad Pell of Pell Roofing gave a brief presentation on what work the dome will need. While it has not been officially selected, Pell's quote came in lowest of those submitted.
"A lot of this is very labor-intensive," he said.
The copper tiles on the roof have not sustained much damage, and are reusable. In order to do the work, the tiles will have to be removed. After their removal, they will be marked, and will be replaced in the order in which they were removed when the work is done.
Pell said keeping the tiles will be cheaper for the county and will allow it to keep its "historical" look.
A scaffold will be placed all the way around the dome to allow access, and a safety net will be put inside the building, cutting back on risk of injury.
Pell's quote came to roughly $500,000, but bonds taken out on the project were set not to exceed $600,000 or 20 years. Knox said he didn't think the commissioners would "need that much of either."
The Clay County Commissioners meet the first Monday of every month at 9 a.m. The public is invited.