Hopkins County commissioners gave full approval Monday morning to entering into a contract for the preliminary planning for a new county jail.
The contract, as approved with DRG Architects, will cost the county $60,000. That amount will be part of the total architect’s fees when the jail project is completed.
County Judge Chris Brown said preliminary planning for a new jail, and possibly law enforcement center, has been underway for a number of years.
“We want to make sure this grows with us,” he said. “We also want to make sure we have the ability to expand and put a justice center on the other side, so there are a lot of factors we need to look into and we need the designers on board with us right now.”
Commissioners agreed the contract will help get the county to a point where it can move forward with the selection and purchase of land. The preliminary drawings will also show how the jail will sit on the site and the basic floor plan, as well as set the foundation for plans for the facility.
“Over the next 12 months, they will be gathering information and will be designing a jail for our needs,” the judge said. “We are looking at an overall concept that allows for additions, so that in 20 or 30 years we are not looking at having to build another county jail.”
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