Jail bidding can begin – more than two years after proposal

CORINTH – More than two years after a regional jail was proposed for Alcorn County, the county is ready to receive bids on the multimillion-dollar project.
Contractors must submit their bids to the chancery clerk by 3 p.m. Sept. 9, when the Board of Supervisors will meet to open bids, said board attorney Robert Krohn.
Contractors who wish to bid on the project are required to attend a pre-bid conference at 2 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Alcorn County Courthouse.
Louisiana architect Michael LeBlanc presented final design plans to the county board at a meeting Wednesday. The meeting also gave other city and county officials a chance to review the plans.
Recent bids for similar projects in the state have been extremely competitive, LeBlanc said, and he expects to draw a number of bids based on the size of the project.
The 148,000-square-foot facility will house a justice center to include county justice court, Corinth municipal court, the sheriff’s office, Corinth Police Department, Alcorn County emergency management and Alcorn County E-911; a 300-bed Mississippi Department of Corrections inmate facility; a 240-bed Alcorn County detention center; a 50-bed trusty dorm and a 70-bed dorm for inmates working to pay restitution.
The construction cost was estimated to be about $12 million when the project was first proposed, but design changes have increased the size of the venture.
The county will sell bonds to finance the project, to be repaid in part with revenue from MDOC for housing state inmates.
Preparing for the bond sale will proceed while the architect reviews bids, said project consultant Irb Benjamin. Work should begin by early November, with completion expected in 16 months.

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