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Commission reviews aspects of justice center

By The Mercury

Pottawatomie County commissioners reviewed two issues regarding the new justice center Monday––strengthening support columns for compact storage systems and designing and installing telephone and data systems for the new facility.

Dan Rowe, Treanor Architects, told commissioners the first and second floors were adequate to handle the compact storage systems, but support columns could be strengthened with welded steel plates.

Rowe said strengthening the columns would be an added cost, but shouldn’t require a change order.

He also gave commissioners the option of having his firm design the Information Technology (IT) system or contracting with another firm.

Robert Reece, county administrator, suggested using Blue Valley Telecommunications and Fox Business Systems, since those firms are current providers for the county and will be servicing the systems for the new justice center.

In his weekly report, Buck Driggs of SMH Consultants said good progress is being made on the justice center at Westmoreland.

Masonry walls are going up in the detention area and structural steel is expected to arrive on site this week, he said.

The parking area at the north end of the facility has also been brought up to grade.

In other business Monday:

• Leu Lowrey, public works director, said asphalt crews are patching portions of the Wheaton Rd. in preparation for a four-mile overlay on the road in the next couple of weeks.

•Commissioners entered executive session with County Counselor John Watt to discuss possible litigation. No action was taken following the session.

• The commission held a public hearing to establish a benefit district for street improvements to Elbo Creek Estates II. The benefit district includes eight building lots and one commons area.

• A public hearing to levy special assessments for street improvements for Whispering Meadows Subdivision was held with no one in attendance.

Following the hearing, assessments were set at $13,962 for each of 24 lots for a total of $335,094.

• The commission entered executive session with Sheriff Greg Riat to discuss a medical issue with an inmate in the Pott County Jail.

• D.J. Carpenter Building Systems, Manhattan, was apparent low bidder for the new Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Building at Westmoreland. Eight firms submitted bids on the building, to be constructed at 304 South Sixth St.

Carpenter’s bid for the primary wood frame building was $416,136. The company was also low bidder on both options for a secondary structure.

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