Lincoln County Board of Commissioners receive hard cost estimates for jail expansion

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners held a conference call Monday Morning with Dan Rowe of Treanor Architects to go over their estimated cost and timeline for an expansion to the Lincoln County Jail.

The Lincoln County Sheriff says a bigger jail could make $3.5-million dollars a year and create about 8 more jobs. According to Rowe, the expansion would cost about $4-million dollars total and, if approved, the county could possibly break ground on the project next spring.

The expansion could then be finished by winter of 2020 or spring of 2021. Rowe also said the construction would not interfere with the jail operations.

"Well, I think the board will have to discuss it probably some more over the next couple of weeks and if it's something we would want to proceed with, make sure that it''s included in the budget and go from there," Board Chairman Joe Hewgley said.

Hewgley said the board would also factor in contingency costs for the project. Once a decision is made, the board will be in contact with Treanor Architects if need be.