Communications, soil issues arise on justice project in Alcorn County

By Lena Mitchel/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – Collaborators in the construction of the Alcorn County Justice Center, which includes a regional jail for state inmates, have ironed out some communications delays they have been experiencing.
Contractor representatives from Flintco Inc., architect representatives from Michael LeBlanc and associates, county engineer Ricky Newcomb and three county supervisors met last week for a project update and covered some concerns about delays in communication, Newcomb said.
Flintco’s project manager, Bobby Smith, outlined at a county board meeting last week some matters that arose where the contractor needed a quick, direct decision by the county engineer.
He felt the process was hampered by having to always go through the project architect – in writing – with matters that ultimately wound up with the county engineer anyway.
“We ironed out the communication issues,” Newcomb said. “If there’s something about the local engineering work, the contractor can come straight to me and I’ll forward the information to the architects.”
The contractors have made progress at the site, despite many days of rainfall since dirt work began in the fall, Newcomb said.
“They have done an excellent job just getting to where they are now,” he continued. “We got to a point where they didn’t need to wait two or three days for situations that could be answered quickly. Time is a crucial element on a project, and the site work is under way at the worst time.”
Some of the dirt work is on hold right now, however, because the quality of the soil is not consistent throughout the site.
Although soil conditions were tested in many places before the plan was made where to place the building, an area has turned up where the soil must be augmented and the base stabilized to support the weight that will rest on it.
“It’s going to take extra measures and some additional work and costs will be involved,” Newcomb said. “I may be able to tell the board Monday what that cost will be.”
The justice center is a 148,000-square-foot facility for a county jail, regional jail, sheriff’s office, Corinth police and other agencies.
Bond sales of up to $30 million have been executed to finance the project which Flintco Inc. of Tulsa, Okla., won the contract to build at a cost of $17,113,300.

Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.