Commissioners discuss prison repairs during work session

Commissioners discuss prison repairs during work session

The Marshall County Commissioners held a “work session” in their meeting room at 11 a.m. Monday to discuss repairs to the jail. The meeting was streamed live and is available on the province’s You Tube site.

Earlier this year, John Greer, chief of maintenance at the Marshall County Jail, told commissioners he saw maintenance issues that needed to be addressed, although he was not familiar enough with the issues to make a decision.

Jamie Giguere, the project manager of Midwest Maintenance of Piqua, Ohio, looked at the problems and made some recommendations. This inspection came at no cost to the county or the jail as Midwest Maintenance performed the restoration work on the courthouse.

The commissioners then asked the County Attorney to write a Request for Proposals seeking a company to inspect the jail’s problems and create a work site, review the proposals, prepare the project for the bidding process and then monitor the improvements.

During the April 12 meeting, the commissioners opened Requests for Proposals from two firms, DLZ and JRP. The proposals presented were not easy to compare, as Jones Petree Rafinski is offering a fee of $69,525 for their consultancy services on the proposed work, while DLZ only provided a fee of $14,522.50 for the assessment of repairs for the restoration process. They provided basic reimbursements for other work that may be needed, but said until the assessment is complete they could not provide more accurate costs.

On Monday, the County Commissioners discussed the proposals with Greer. He said both companies came to the jail and were given a tour of the jail, but he didn’t provide much information about what they thought the county should do.

The principal concerns of the clients are the cracks in the exterior walls. Greer said the cracks are only in the exterior walls and have not penetrated the two interior walls.

The second problem is the windows above the central which were not installed correctly and have caused problems. The commissioners ultimately had to install a suspended ceiling to keep the warm air down for the employees.

The commissioners decided it was best to conduct interviews with both engineering firms so they could ask questions about the scope of the work and get a better idea of ​​the costs.

Giguere had estimated roughly $500,000 to $750,000 for the work he said needed to be done.

The commissioners hope to meet with representatives from DLZ and JPR after their next meeting on Monday, May 20e.