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Jail bills dwindle

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Old facility being readied for demolition

By KEVIN KOELLING
Managing Editor

TELL CITY – The Perry County Redevelopment Authority approved in a regular meeting Wednesday another $8,281.28 in bills for construction of the new county jail.

Many of the three-member group’s approvals have been for six-figure amounts, but the facility was deemed complete and prisoners moved in last month.

Included in this month’s approval was a release of $315,847.03 in retainage, funds withheld each time the primary contractor, Craftsman Construction of Huntingburg, billed the county for its services.

“There will still be a little over $200,000 on the retainage,” County Auditor Connie Berger explained. The old jail in Cannelton remains to be demolished as part of the project, so bills for that work have yet to be approved and Sheriff Lee Chestnut “still has some more odds and ends” for which he’ll submit invoices, she added.

A time frame for razing the old jail had not been determined, but Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Daymion Marsh, who was present for the meeting, said utilities were being shut off that day “and everything should be out by the end of this week and hopefully Craftsman can come in and give us a date” for the demolition.

He, Berger and County Administrator Teresa Kanneberg agreed many local residents would like to witness that event.

The redevelopment authority will next meet at 8 a.m. Aug. 13. Kanneberg said new carpeting going into the commissioners room in the county courthouse, where they normally meet, should be installed the first week of August, so the room should be available.