County ap­proves bid for de­ten­tion cen­ter study

Record Observer - - NEWS - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

— The Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved a bid for the com­ple­tion of a needs as­sess­ment, fea­si­bil­ity study and a mas­ter plan out­line for up­grad­ing the county’s de­ten­tion cen­ter dur­ing the April 11 meet­ing.

The county re­ceived two bids for the project: ATI, Inc., from Columbia, Md., in the amount of $29,000 plus re­im­bursable; and Crab­tree, Rohrbaugh and As­so­ci­ates (CRA) Ar­chi­tects, from Tow­son, in the amount of $40,000.

Fund­ing for this project was in­cluded in the De­ten­tion Cen­ter’s Fis­cal Year 2017 op­er­at­ing bud­get in the amount of $40,000.

The com­mis­sion, on staff rec­om­men­da­tion, awarded CRA the con­tract to plan for im­prove­ments in lay­out, ser­vices and func­tion as well as com­plete a fea­si­bil­ity study the county can use to po­ten­tially re­ceive 50-50 State grant fund­ing for fur­ther work.

The county went with CRA over ATI, Inc., be­cause of its ex­ten­sive re­sume in cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity work through­out var­i­ous as­pects of projects, such as eval­u­a­tion and de­sign of ren­o­va­tion projects as well as new con­struc­tion projects, Chief En­gi­neer David Re­ma­niak said.

War­den La­monte Cooke said on April 25 the de­ten­tion cen­ter cel­e­brated its 30th year in ex­is­tence, telling the com­mis­sion he re­mem­bered the night the fa­cil­ity took in its first in­mate.

Though over the years the fa­cil­ity hasn’t had many ma­jor prob­lems, “we’re at a point now we need to make some im­prove­ments,” Cooke said.

With the build­ing be­gin­ning to show its age, Cooke said, more space is needed for fur­ther pro­gram­ing, ex­pan­sion of its kitchen and a larger area to con­duct med­i­cal eval­u­a­tions and “all of these other things that come with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of op­er­at­ing a fa­cil­ity.”

The work will in­clude a fea­si­bil­ity study and look both at oper­a­tions and the phys­i­cal lo­ca­tion that would be in­cluded in a mas­ter fa­cil­ity plan.

Com­mis­sioner Steve Wil­son said one of the main prob­lems is that the build­ing av­er­aged less than 50 peo­ple for many years but has since eclipsed 100 in­mates with­out adding to the fa­cil­ity.

“We grew beds but we didn’t grow the core and now we’ve got to go to work on that,” Wil­son said.

Wil­son also said ex­panded space leads to fur­ther op­por­tu­ni­ties to train in­mates so when they get out they can re­ceive a job. He said hav­ing pro­gram­ing for HVAC or elec­tri­cal train­ing, for ex­am­ple, could re­duce the fa­cil­ity’s re­cidi­vism, thus re­duc­ing the cost the county has to spend per in­mate per year.

Com­mis­sioner Mark An­der­son ap­plauded the de­ten­tion cen­ter staff for its man­age­ment over the years and the skilled work­force in the build­ing.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

Pub­lic Works Di­rec­tor Todd Mohn, Chief En­gi­neer David Re­ma­niak and War­den La­monte Cooke spoke to the county com­mis­sion­ers about two bids it re­ceived for work re­gard­ing a fea­si­bil­ity and needs as­sess­ment study for the de­ten­tion cen­ter dur­ing the com­mis­sion’s April 11 meet­ing.

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