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Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 12:00 pm

By Joe Benedict

MVM News Network

MONTROSE – John Hansen of Midwest Construction Consultants said he is going to do his best to keep the cost of the Lee County Jail expansion low. Some of that will be accomplished by using inventory already in stock.

Lee County Supervisor Gary Folluo asked at the supervisor’s meeting, held on Monday this week so more board members could attend, where the money is coming from for the project.

The board still has not decided. There weren’t any answers at this meeting either. The expansion project is expected to cost between $455,000 and $480,000.

On Monday, the board approved a contract with Midwest Construction Consultants and Rick Wiedner for jail expansion architectural services, pending approval of the contract language from the Lee County attorney.

The jail expansion will add 20 beds to the women’s wing of the jail for a total of 32 beds, Hansen said. During the construction, the male maximum security section also will see eight more beds.

Some of the same companies who built the jail several years ago will be used in this expansion because there are still warranties on the work and as to not void a warranty, the work needs to be done by them, Hansen said.

In other business, Folluo said he and Supervisor Chair Janet Fife-LaFrenz met with 21 of the 48 property owners who will be involved in the Regional Utility Service System project in Mooar/Powdertown.

Folluo said 13 were fine with the project, but wanted questions answered. Eight were against the project.

He wants to meet with at least 50 to 55 percent of the households to discuss the project before moving forward with it.

Another meeting is set from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Jackson Township Fire Station.

After that, Folluo said he may knock on some doors to make sure everyone is aware of the proposed project.

A date also was set for the unveiling of a lithograph of the U.S. Constitution in the North Lee County Courthouse.

A ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, at the courthouse at Seventh Street and Avenue F.

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