NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP)- The Lincoln County Detention Center remodel project has been approved by the Lincoln County Commissioners and construction will begin around the end of the summer.
Commissioners and County Sheriff discuss Lincoln County Detention Center renovation details. (SOURCE: Kaylie Crowe KNOP-TV)
The Lincoln County Detention Center is adding 54 new beds to increase capacity. One of the major costs is the redesign of their booking area. Due to illness and mental health the requirements of direct observation cells have increased drastically.
They are remodeling so these people can be under direct observation. The cells will now be steel instead of conventional concrete because of cost and availability. Concrete cells would delay the project 8 extra months .
Jerome Kramer, the Lincoln County Sheriff, says he hopes they can progress quickly.
"It's 33 thousand dollars a week to Lincoln County for to pay this project so the sooner I can get those beds full the sooner we can get that money coming into Lincoln County," says Kramer.
They will go to bid in early summer and building by the end of the summer. The project is set to cost 4.3 million, but that number is subject to change as they work through the details.
"I wish we could get started a little sooner, it concerns me starting to get into winter weather but hopefully we can just trudge along and get it done as soon as possible," says Kramer.
Currently they do not ave any suppply chian issues or delays.