County officials pay more jail-construction invoices

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TELL CITY – The Perry County Redevelopment Authority voted in a regular meeting June 12 to approve $623,342.48 in payments toward construction of the new county jail.

They received two invoices from DLZ architectural-engineering consulting firm of Indianapolis totaling $11,325. Craftsman Construction of Huntingburg submitted a bill for $655,188.55, and from that, $43,171.67 was withheld as retainage to be paid once the job is deemed to be completed satisfactorily.

County Administrator Teresa Kanneberg said the contractor had submitted a change order for approximately $10,500.

“It had to do with the security electronics,” she explained, “of going through each door and making sure each door was the right kind and that it’s electronically monitored the way they need it to be.”

“DLZ made the comment that of all the projects they’ve ever done,” she continued, “that to be this far into the project and have (only) a change order of that minimal amount was extremely good.”

Contingencies are built into the plans, she added.

Remaining slabs were being poured for the east side of the facility, said Kanneberg, who attends the contractors’ progress meetings.

“That was their goal, to get the east side poured by the end of this week,” she said. “Masonry walls are going up and the hopes are for them to get all of their work completed so the hollow-core slabs can be delivered in the next week or two. That will be the next big delivery.” Those slabs will form the second floor, she explained, and will be filled with concrete once they’re in place.

The three-member redevelopment authority will next meet at 8 a.m. July 10 in the commissioners room in the courthouse.