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Perry County officials approve jail bills

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Steel cells expected to be delivered to construction site next month

By KEVIN KOELLING
Managing Editor

TELL CITY – The Perry County Redevelopment Authority approved jail-construction claims totaling $667,883.90 at a meeting April 10.

The DLZ architectural-engineering consulting firm of Indianapolis submitted one invoice for $15,062.67 and another for $6,128.90.

The Ice Miller legal firm of Indianapolis billed the county for $8,112.42.

Craftsman Construction of Huntingburg billed the county $675,766.92, and from that amount, $37,187.01 was withheld as retainage, to be paid once the facility is determined to have been built according to plans.

“Things are coming along,” County Administrator Teresa Kanneberg told members of the authority. She attends construction-update meetings and said, “I think they’re expecting the steel cells to come in in May and they’re hoping, from my understanding, to start on the sheriff’s-office side of the building first … and get that under roof. Then as the steel cells are brought in and dropped in, they will roof as they go.”

“The panels for the siding are in,” she added during the meeting.

Afterward, she said work was under way on interior footings and beginning on interior poured foundation walls and electrical rough-ins.

With most of the work remaining at or near ground level so far, “I’d say we’ll start seeing something coming up very soon,” she said.

The cells will have to be dropped in by crane, then covered, Kanneberg said.

The redevelopment authority meets monthly to approve jail-project bills as the facility is under construction. They will meet again at 8 a.m. May 8.