Delaware County Making Cuts on Jail Project to Save Money

Delaware County is finding ways to save money on the jail project.

On Monday, the County Board of Supervisors approved changes that will save around 33-thousand dollars. Contractors’ bids for the project came in higher than expected in November, raising the cost to around 800-thousand dollars more than the five-point-nine million dollars that the County bonded – but the Board of Supervisors has vowed that they will cut costs as the project goes on and possibly dip into savings to keep the cost at what was promised to voters. County Supervisor Jeff Madlom:

The changes approved Monday include eliminating a water heater from the building’s kitchen, getting rid of security cameras in the lobby and evidence room and installing a less expensive skylight in the jail’s exercise area. Madlom says a meeting was held with the contractors on Monday.

The new jail will be built on the far west end of Manchester at 1225 West Howard Street. John Hansen with Midwest Construction Consultants told the County that they hope to have precast on the site by mid to late April. The new Delaware County Jail and Sheriff’s Office is expected to be finished by the end of the year.