Commissioners discuss jail

May 15, 2012

Proposals submitted for construction manager during county commissioner meeting held at the Nolan County Courthouse

Steps were made toward the Nolan County Courthouse remediation and the county's jail and office complex during the Nolan County Commissioners' meeting on Monday morning, May 14, 2012 at the Courthouse.
Seven record proposals were submitted following the county's request for proposals for a construction manager at risk for the dual project. The proposals were opened by County Attorney Lisa Peterson and officially received by the commissioners during the meeting.
Each company included a total amount for the projects, ranging from around a low end of $316,000 to $2,228,000. The commissioners were given copies of the proposals during a workshop held later in the day on Monday with Don Olson and Vince Viaille, who spoke with the commissioners on how to examine each proposal and figuring out a time frame on coming up with a construction manager at risk.
The workshop also allowed for the group to consider the next steps to take in regards to financing. Information was received about the bond process, but no decision was made regarding a timeline to pay out the bonds.
The commissioners also approved a resolution authorizing the publication of notice of intent to issue certificates of obligation toward the county projects. County Judge Tim Fambrough read the resolution before approval was given.
In addition, three bids were opened and received by the commissioners for a 60 ton chiller for the Courthouse. A $57,000 grant was recently obtained by the county for the replacement chiller, which will need to be completed by June 30, 2012.
The bids came from companies in Abilene, Sweetwater and Merkel, with prices ranging from approximately $58,000 to $76,000. A special meeting is expected to take place sometime later this week for the commissioners to make an informed decision before approval.
Furthermore, approval was given to renew a bond for the County Clerk's staff. A unanimous vote also approved the lifting of the burn ban in Nolan County.
The minutes from the April 23, 2012 meeting were additionally approved, while the reports from the Nolan County Auditor, Treasurer, Veterans' Service Office, Sheriff's Office and Tax Office were received and approved.
Two items were tabled during the meeting, including a contract between the county and i-Plow, a software company that is interested in working with the office of court collections. Several problems have arisen that led to the tabling of the issue.
Also, a letter regarding the location of the new jail to be read by Loren Bryant was tabled. However, Mr. Bryant--who was in attendance at the meeting--did ask about a timeframe for wanting to gather people for a bond election to prevent the certificates of obligation. With the commissioners' approval of the resolution during the meeting, citizens would have from now until June 25 to present a petition with 5% of registered voters in the county.

Comments

County Jail Bond Election

May 27, 2012 by shishkabob (not verified), 2 years 25 weeks ago
Comment: 587

I'm in support of our County officials getting this project and the outside of the courthouse done now! We've heard about the necessity for a new jail forever.
I AM NOT IN FAVOR OF A BOND ELECTION. I urge fellow voters and tax payers to consider what this will do.
Does the entire WASP board support this ridiculous petition to try to stop the jail project?
Do all citizens know that we will pay MORE in taxes because of the delay to have an unnecessary bond election?
Does everyone understand that it will also stop progress on the courthouse repairs?
I fully agree with "echo71" the WASP will loose my donation as well.

Seems to me...

May 17, 2012 by Sweetwater Sam (not verified), 2 years 26 weeks ago
Comment: 577

The paper already reported that the county has purchased the land; since it was for sale quite awhile before they bought it, I would hope that they don't waste my tax dollars by buying something else, just to make the WASP happy. So...if the jail isn't going to MOVE, what is the effect of a bond election? Costs the taxpayers more money, delays BOTH projects - the courthouse and the jail, and harms what has been a good relationship between the WASP and the county. Seems I've seen county people helping to set up for things like the Memorial Day events...will this continue, or is the WASP board determined to ruin the relationship?

Guess my second question would have to be...where were these people when the 5 public hearings were conducted? Were any of these questions raised there?

WASP donation

May 17, 2012 by echo71 (not verified), 2 years 26 weeks ago
Comment: 575

If my taxes have to go up to pay for a bond election, I'll just use the money I normally donate to the museum to pay them.

Pristine?

May 16, 2012 by Voter (not verified), 2 years 27 weeks ago
Comment: 572

Part of the WASP Museum's argument is that the new jail will take away the from the view the museum has across the street now. In the space of three football fields in the view from the museum there is a junkyard and a delapidated VFW post that they are just fine looking at. How silly is it of them to think a new building in between will be the death of the WASP Museum?

How petty is it of the Wasp Museum to want to push more burden onto the Taxpayers of Nolan County for a Bond Election pass or fail?

The tract of land is very near perfect for construction, limited earthwork is needed, easy access, and it has power lines, water lines, and sewer lines very close and ready to be tied into.

Right now is the perfect time for government to build large projects too. The private sector is not building so builders are hungry and willing to eat way into their profit margins to secure government contracts. The farther this can is kicked down the road the more money it will cost all of us in Nolan County and this can has been kicked around for a very long time already.

Bond election.

May 15, 2012 by raiderfan (not verified), 2 years 27 weeks ago
Comment: 571

Why in heaven's name would Mr Bryant want to have a bond election? Has it not been made sufficiently clear that the county has no option when it comes to the construction of a new jail. It's either build a new jail or face decertification of our current jail by the state. Why did the opposition to the new jail only arise once the proposed location of the new jail was revealed? It's because a few WASP museum supporters are prepared to put their narrow interests ahead of those of the taxpayers of Nolan County. A bond election will only cost more tax dollars and delay the inevitable. I strongly encourage everyone to reject any petition to force a bond election.

In addition...

May 16, 2012 by Sweetwater Sam (not verified), 2 years 27 weeks ago
Comment: 573

The photo of the courthouse which accompanies the article is somewhat misleading. The monies from these bonds will also go to repair that building. One has to wonder how long it would remain safe without money being spent to shore it up...

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