By The Associated Press
HERNANDO – The DeSoto County Board of Supervisors has approved a contract for construction of a new county jail.
Supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday for the contract with Oklahoma-based Flintco, which submitted a $13.8 million construction bid.
There were at least two unsuccessful Mississippi bidders: Murphy amp& Sons of Southaven, which bid $13.6 million; and Panola Construction, at $13.7 million.
County officials say the Murphy and Panola proposals did not comply with clear specifications for experience – erecting at least two jails in the last five years of at least $8 million each. They said Flintco, as “lowest and best bidder,” did meet that requirement.
Next in the process is issuing a notice to proceed, which County Administrator Michael Garriga expects “in the next week to 10 days.”