County finalizes $520K contract for jail repairs

The Cascade County Commission approved a $520,100 contract with Corvinus Group during their July 30 meeting for repairs at the jail.

The contract was revised, according to Undersheriff Cory Reeves, to include a performance bond as required by state law.

In late May, the commission voted to pursue the contract with Corvinus, which was estimated to be $502,000 plus another $80,000 in contingencies for emergency repairs at the Cascade County Adult Detention Center.

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The Cascade County Sheriff’s Office said their system that operates door locks throughout the jail is malfunctioning and failing.

Reeves said on July 30 that Corvinus was here for the last two weeks taking measurements and photos and are now back at their facility to construct the system.

Reeves said they’re hoping to be back in October to install the five stations, including the central control, booking and three pods in the jail. Installation will take months, he said.

CCSO officials got two proposals ranging from $502,000 to $550,000 for the repairs.

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CCSO said in May that they didn’t anticipate the repairs becoming an immediate critical need during the current fiscal year so Sheriff Jesse Slaughter and Undersheriff Cory Reeves said they were working with their department accountant and the county budget officer to identify the funds to pay for the estimate $502,000 plus an estimated $80,000 in contingency funds for the project.

A second bid came from Security Automation Systems for $550,000. That company would have subcontracted the work to Cascade Electric and recommended an additional $100,000 in contingency funding.

Reeves said that Corvinus specialized in the jail control systems and was the lower bid.

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In their proposal, Corvinus wrote that they’d remove the existing system and replace them with the industry standard Omron PLC and Indusoft HMI platforms, which are touch screens.

The control panels located at the five existing control stations at the jail would be removed, according to Corvinus’ proposal.

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For security reasons, CCSO asked that media not specifically detail the critical deficiencies with the current system that has begun failing, creating security concerns at the jail.

Slaughter and Reeves said the system repairs were on their list of capital improvements and was identified as a priority when they took office at the beginning of the year.