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Current Status of project, as of September 16, 2020: the project is about two weeks ahead of schedule
Current Status of project, as of April 15, 2020: Excavation and Dirt Work have been completed Pad for the building has been started Soil Samples have been completed
Current Status of project, as of February 15, 2020: Land Survey has been completed
The timeline for the project is: June 19, 2019 - Facilities Review Committee Meeting Late July 2019 - Design-Development Review Meeting Early November2019 - Signed and sealed drawings will be finalized Mid to late January2020 - Construction bids will be received Late February2020 - Begin construction September 21, 2021 - Expected completion of project with building turned over to the County
Funds for the loan have been deposited into 4 local banks.
May 22, 2019 Meeting with South Build Construction Management Company. At this meeting it was announced that the land survey had been completed and Spirit Architectural firm, the company that will actually design the jail, will prepare RFPs (Requests for Proposal) for three geo-technical firms and three civil engineering firms. Minor changes in the design were made at this meeting.
May 20, 2019 Quorum Court met and authorized funding for the land on which the jail will be built. Purchase should be completed within fourteen (14) days. The funds for the land will be paid from County General Funds, but will be repaid once the load proceeds are received in late July.
Where will the jail be built? (Updated 02/21/19)
The Cross County Quorum Court held a special meeting on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, and voted to proceed with negotiations to purchase a 13.54 acre tract of land on Highway 1 south of Wynne. The tract lies between MFA Oil and the Farm Credit buildings. At this time, no land has been purchased.
What factors went into the decision to buy this particular parcel of land?
The County was looking for a tract in the 10-15 acre range. This parcel is 13.54 acres. There needed to be access to utility services, including water, sewer, electricity and gas. This parcel has all of those.
The parcel needed road access to a major thoroughfare and this parcel is fronted by Highway 1.
The facility needs to be close to the courthouse because of the transfer of prisoners to the courthouse for trials.
This location is not in a flood zone.
The price of the land is approximately $169,250 or $12,500 per acre which was about the same as for other suggested properties. The lowest cost parcel that was considered would have required extensive road work and additional utility work before any construction could begin.
What are some notable features of the planned jail?
The facility features a mezzanine or tower so that all inmates can be seen at all times and water or power can be shut down immediately.