Bids for Delaware County Jail Project Higher Than Expected

Bids for the Delaware County Jail and Sheriff’s Office have come in higher than expected.

Bids were opened last week and after reviewing the numbers, John Hansen with Midwest Construction Consultants told the Delaware County Board of Supervisors at Monday’s meeting that the project cost is more than 800-thousand dollars over the estimated five-point-nine million they had planned for.

This spring, Delaware County voters overwhelmingly approved bonding up to five-point-nine million dollars for the new jail and Sheriff’s Office facility, which will be built on the far west end of Manchester. County Supervisor Jeff Madlom says they are keeping their word and will not go in debt above that amount.

Hansen says one area in which they’ll look at cutting costs is the earthwork, possibly leaving a portion of site unfilled and filling it over time.

The County approved a total of six contracts for the Delaware County Jail and Sheriff’s Office project, with Don & Walt of Manchester the only local contractor. Officials are hoping to have the building completed by the end of next fall.