On Feb. 12 Yadkin County ran an advertisement informing contractors that the county will be accepting bids on the construction of the addition to the jail.
On March 8 at 2 p.m. the county manager, Aaron Church, will publicly open and read each bid.
Church has estimated the cost of the construction to be about $5.9 million, and the contractor with the lowest bid will be chosen to start construction.
By April 2 the board of commissioners will award the bid to the lowest responsive bidder after all estimations and proposals have been researched and confirmed.
Church says that construction on the jail will begin no later than April 9 and that the jail will be completed approximately one year later with a tentative opening of April 2013.
The county jail currently has 29 beds for prisoners and is unable to house female prisoners because it is not equipped with a female jailer and facilities to separate the men and women, Church says.
The addition to the jail will feature a connecting hallway from the old building to the new building and an updated entryway to the old jail.
The new building will house 72 additional prisoners, putting the total bed count at 101. A female jailer will be added to the staff and female prisoners will be housed in the original jail.
Church says that the jail receives an average of 60 to 70 inmates a day and that 10 to 15 of those inmates are females allowing room for growth in the future if it is needed.
The addition to the jail will create eight new jobs and those jobs have already been accounted for in the county budget, according to Church.
The addition to the jail is also being built with the ability to add on another addition to the facility when the time comes.
The county currently has the approval of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Insurance Approval and a town permit. The grading, groundwork and sedimentation has been completed at the build site so that construction can begin immediately. Preparations cost the county approximately $200,000.
Glenn Ware, co-owner of Ware Bonsall Architects in Charlotte, has designed the addition to the jail and will have a representative on-site to assist and advise during its construction. The design of the jail took about six months.
“I think the design is probably going to give the county some much needed relief from the overcrowding at the jail and allow them to keep prisoners in the county that they would ordinarily have to send out.”