The McLeod County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to allow Wold Architects to develop a contract for its scope of services and a “full design process” for the proposed jail expansion and courthouse security project.
The McLeod County Chronicle reports Sheriff Scott Rehmann made the request to proceed to the next step in the aftermath of a judge’s ruling that monies left to the county from the Annamarie Tudhope estate could be used for the jail expansion portion of the project.
In its preliminary conceptual design, Wold Architects estimated that the jail expansion and renovation would cost about $4.2 million of the total estimated cost of $7 million, which also includes security improvements to the courthouse, particularly in the court administration office area.
Commissioner Sheldon Nies said the matter had come before the county’s budget committee following the judge’s ruling.
That committee, Nies said, “is very, very, very adamant that it (the jail expansion) doesn’t go over that $4 million.”
A representative from Wold said a more in-depth design will take about six to eight months to develop, saying it will give lots of time to be thoughtful and make good long-term decisions.
He added that Wold will “come back to the Board” multiple times during the process to get input.
County Attorney Mike Junge cautioned the Board to also take the process slowly, because the judge’s ruling is subject to appeal. Junge said that any appeals will need to be filed by May 5th.