A holding cell at the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center in Lawreceburg.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A planned expansion of the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center in Lawrenceburg may be expanding in cost.
Earlier this year, Dearborn County Council approved a general funding level of $9.3 million to upgrade the jail facility and add about 200 new beds.
County Administrator Terri Randall says the jail design and budget is still being evaluated by the county’s jail committee in conjunction with architect firm Rosser International, Inc. and construction manager Maxwell Construction. At a November 7 meeting, Dearborn County Commissioners approved initial schematic design drawings required under the county’s contract with Rosser.
At that meeting, Randall also requested an additional jail project pow-wow. Commissioners will meet in public Monday, November 26 at 6:00 p.m.
“At that meeting, I will be providing an update on the jail project, including design and budget. I anticipate asking for approval of the final design and requesting permission from the Board of Commissioners to formally seek funding for the project at County Council’s December 11, 2012 meeting,” Randall told Eagle 99.3 by e-mail Wednesday.
Randall said the budget may or may not fall within the currently recommended funding level of $9.3 million, but added that the budget is just conjecture at this point. “That will be discussed at the meeting once I am able to present all the data to the Commissioners.”