County approves projects for juvenile, adult detention centers

Cascade County Commissioners recently approved a contract with James Talcott Construction for the remodel and addition of two classrooms at the Juvenile Detention Center.

The $848,000 contract includes adding two classrooms, over-framing the main entry and reroofing it, reroofing the entire building, as well as site improvements for drainage and parking lot rehabilitation.

Commissioners also approved staff to use a contingency not to exceed 12 percent, or $101,760, bringing the total project cost to $949,760.

The Juvenile Detention Center is located at 1600 26th St. S.

The county received two bids for the project, the low bid from Talcott and another from Sletten Construction.

During their June 25 meeting, Commissioner Jim Larson said the JDC has stepped up their program to offer classes toward a GED for those at the facility.

Other counties send their juveniles to Cascade County, he said, so they can go to school.

Commissioner Jane Weber said other counties pay a fee to send their juveniles to the Cascade County facility.

Last summer, commissioners approved a $67,567 with Nelson Architects for architectural/engineering services for the addition of a 26-foot by 26-foot classroom at the end of each wing at the Juvenile Detention Center.

The facility was built in the mid-1990s, Public Works Director Brian Clifton told The Electric last summer, and the project was included in the capital improvement plan for the fiscal year 2019 budget.

The project total is an estimated $800,000, Clifton said last summer.

Commissioners also recently approved a contract with Specialty Iron Works for $17,590 to extend the catwalk at the Adult Detention Center.

During the June 14 meeting, commissioners voted unanimously to approve the project.

Undersheriff Cory Reeves said during the meeting that detention officers check the jail roof as part of their security and the catwalk would improve safety.

“Right now, they just kinda walk wherever,” he said. “There’s slips, there’s falls.”

Commissioner Jane Weber said this project had been on the list for some time.