Oct 8, 2013 at 4:25 pm
ST. CLOUD (KNSI) - Stearns County is moving ahead on the remodeling of its Law Enforcement Center.
During their Tuesday meeting, commissioners approved awarding $2.7 million in bids to contractors for the construction.
Thirty-one individual pieces of the remodeling project went out for bid, on everything from security systems to jail toilets, and 84 companies bid on those projects.
It was an open competitive bid process, and overall the bids came in $123-thousand below original estimated cost.
Stearns County says they need to remodel the Law Enforcement Center for safety and security reasons. Plans are to expand the booking area to accommodate the 8,000 - 9,000 bookings done by Stearns County every year.
Plans also call for downsizing the work release inmate area from from 60 beds to 12. Remodeling will also add 9 more cells for males, and eleven more female cells.
The total cost of the remodeling is estimated around $5.1 million. Of that total cost, nearly $1.3 million is work that will be done in-house, such as the carpentry, electrical wiring and plumbing. Construction on the Law Enforcement Center will start in January.
Stearns County says it should take between 12-14 months to complete.
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