(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – County Commissioners are taking the first steps towards an expansion of the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center.
On Tuesday, commissioners gave approval to the county administrator Terri Randall to begin negotiating a professional services agreement with Maxwell Construction. The Greendale-based construction firm will serve as the construction manager for the expansion project, a news release from the commissioners’ office said.
“As a long-standing firm in this community, we are thankful for the opportunity to work with Dearborn County on this important project,” said company president John Maxwell.
The company was selected from among five other firms across the state which county officials visited during a recent four-day period.
“Visiting the competing firms at their offices allowed us to gain a better understanding of their respective organizations, expertise, resources, success stories, and values. At the end of the day, we made it our mission to provide the Commissioners with the best data possible to make this decision,” Randall told the commissioners.
Maxwell will first begin to assess the costs of the jail expansion, which has been estimated at between $9.3 million and $8.4 million.
In February, Dearborn County Council approved spending $72,000 on due diligence concerning the project before it votes to fully fund the expansion. The approved funds will be used for a new financial analysis, soil study, and the construction firm hiring.
John Maxwell admitted his company lacks experience dealing specifically with jails.
“To address this, we partnered with Integrus Architecture as an internal consultant. Integrus is a deeply qualified firm, having completed over 350 justice systems across the United States,” he said.
The next update on the jail expansion could be heard at county council’s next meeting on May 22.