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Jail lighting project scaled back

Even if the Lawrence County Jail moves to Franklin Furnace, a proposed lighting project at the current jail seems on track, although it has been scaled back.

In January William’s Electrical Service in South Point submitted a proposal to install new lighting at the Fifth Street jail for close to $60,000. County officials had sought bids for the upgrade before state corrections officials proposed the now closed Ohio River Valley Correctional Facility as a possible new location for the jail. Then the county asked to scale back the project

“We asked (the owner) to go as low as he possibly could,” Commissioner Bill Pratt said at Tuesday’s regular commission meeting.

Pratt made the request as the chair of the jail committee that is exploring the prospect of converting a section of the ORVC facility into a new jail.

The original bid was to retro-fit existing light fixtures to LED, install new lighting in the showers, install new lighting with dimmers in the drunk tank, replace lenses as necessary and install three new wall packs on the outside.

The new bid is now at $32,500 to install new lighting in showers and drunk tank.

“He could have held us to the original estimate,” Pratt said.

These upgrades would be needed even if the jail moved since the current facility could be used as holding cells during court days.

The bid change will be reviewed by the jail committee at its meeting at 9:30 a.m. April 30.

Also at the meeting the commissioners approved a contract to repair a landslide at County Road 123 to BBR Drilling for $447,221.

“This is the final FEMA project for the May 10, 11, 2011 (storms),” County Engineer Doug Cade said. “This will get that project started.”

The repair work is expected to take 60 days.

“That is not an easy slip to fix,” Cade said.

In other action the commissioners:

• Approved hiring for part-time paramedic or EMT positions for the county EMS — Cody Bryant, Raymond Carroll, Austin Lusher, Joseph McMaster, Nathan Miskar, Justin Spurlock, Kayla McCallister and Rachael Prichard;

• Received an invitation from the Burlington Concerned Citizens to have their meeting at The Commons park on June 26 at 6 p.m.;

• Received the weekly dog warden report where no dog were destroyed, two were adopted or sent to rescue and two were redeemed by their owners.