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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 21, 2018

Supervisors approve contracts for HC Jail construction

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News | Jun 01, 2018


Progress is being made on the Henry County Law Enforcement Center following the groundbreaking in May.

Henry County Supervisors approved contracts and the pay application for the past two months during a meeting on Thursday, May 31. Contracts were approved for Myers Construction, Wenger Construction, Noah Detention, Francis Electric and C & N Cooling, Heating and Plumbing.

“We’re in good shape financially getting everything done we wanted to accomplish,” said John Hansen with Midwest Construction Consultants.

Hansen met with Mt. Pleasant city officials Thursday following the meeting with county supervisors to discuss permit fees for code enforcement, the cost of which is a lot higher than he anticipated. He also wanted to further discuss with the city the timeline for the 10-foot sidewalk that will run past the jail on S. Grand Ave.

“I’m going to see if I can negotiate,” Hansen said. “There are going to be engineering fees I think we should split … I wouldn’t anticipate that being totally constructed until next spring or late summer.”

The first major construction that will be seen on the Law Enforcement Center will actually be a building used for a project office and storage. Construction on this will begin the second week of June.

Hansen will be meeting with contractors next week for a job progress meeting to keep them on track.

Supervisor Gary See added that the lawsuit between Prochaska and Associates, Inc., of Omaha, Neb., and the county supervisors has not disappeared. “No change,” he said.

Prochaska filed the lawsuit against the Board of Supervisors, Hansen and Midwest Construction Consultants for breach of contract in April.

A bonding attorney is working on the litigation, Hansen said.

In other news, Supervisors approved budget amendments for fiscal year 2018, which ends June 30, 2018.

Henry County Auditor Shelly Barber said the amendments were more “just getting money into the right places.” That includes the costs incurred renovating the building Public Health will be moved into when they become a county department July 1; special assessment for RUSS for Mt. Union; hiring a full-time recorder employee; a new Imaging System; the Law Enforcement center; and unexpected costs from trial of Michael Syperda vs. the State of Iowa in May.

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