By Jon Watje
Canadian County could break ground on its new jail facility as early as the first of September.
On Monday, the Canadian County Public Facilities Authority awarded several bids to begin construction on the 120 bed dormitory that will be located just north of the current jail.
“There were about 12 contracts that were approved,” said District 2 Commissioner David Anderson. “This is for electrical, concrete, grading, security systems, dry wall, masonry and other work.”
Bids for the heating, air and plumbing work will be voted on this coming Monday. Anderson said the county received bids from three companies for the job.
“We want to research the companies and make sure they really want to do this because it is a big project,” Anderson said. “It is about a one million dollar project so we want to make sure we bid it right.”
With many of the bids awarded, Anderson said he expects workers to break ground on the project soon.
“Our jail planner told us that if everything goes according to plan, we should break ground on it as early as the first of September,” he said.
The $4.7 million project will include two, 60-bed dormitories, a new kitchen and laundry area.
The current jail facility has a 72-bed capacity, but county officials stressed the need for a larger facility demanded by the fastest growing county in the state. The county is currently transporting inmates to other county jails to stay in compliance with the state.