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Adams County Board likely to call special meeting on jail

The Adams County Board will likely have a special meeting by the end of September to vote on a contract for construction of the new Adams County Jail, a member of the Jail Exploratory Committee said Tuesday. The county and the low bidder in the second round of bids on the jail have been in talks to determine ways to bring project costs down to meet budget. The new jail will be built on a site adjacent to the Adams County Courthouse at Sixth and Vermont that has been cleared for the project. | H-W Photo/Jake Shane
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Sep. 12, 2017 9:50 pm Updated: Sep. 13, 2017 8:07 am

QUINCY -- Contract talks are progressing between Adams County officials and the apparent low bidder on the new Adams County Jail project.

No action was taken on the project during the regular Adams County Board meeting Tuesday night. After the meeting, Jail Exploratory Committee member Kent Snider, R-4, said the committee expects to call a special board meeting before the end of the month, during which the full board would vote to approve a contract with Williams Brothers Construction of Peoria.

The company's $32.55 million bid is about $2.5 million more than the county has budgeted for the jail. Since the second bid opening on the project Aug. 31, the county has talked with the company to pare costs.

"I'm 98 percent sure at this point that we'll come up with a number that everyone will agree on," Snider said.

Led by State's Attorney Gary Farha and project construction manager Sid Wilson, talks are focusing on ways to reduce the cost of the jail through value engineering, a method that examines the cost-to-function ratio of products and services.

The shelving of a 24-bed unit in the new jail is "still up in the air," Snider said.

"If the number comes down enough, our hope is to put the 24 beds back," he said, "but we've got to get the number down."

Snider said that either way, work on the jail will begin in October.

"I am very confident, as is Sid, that we will get there," Snider said.

Also Tuesday, the County Board appointed Raquel Piazza to fill a Republican seat in District 3 formerly held by Todd Degitz. Piazza is the public information officer for Quincy Public Schools. A Republican seat in District 4, formerly held by Alex Drummond, remains vacant.

The board also approved a resolution granting Barney's Tavern a retail liquor dealer's license at Quincy Raceways through Dec. 31, 2017.

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