STOCKTON — Bids for a new 20-bed jail for the Rooks County Sheriff’s office likely will be rejected Tuesday when they’re handed over to commissioners.
If that’s what takes place, it will be the second time commissioners have rejected the bids, which have come in more than $1 million over the architect estimates.
Bids received Thursday ranged from $4.4 million to $4.7 million, Rooks County Sheriff Gary Knight said Friday.
Estimates prior to receiving the bids, however, had been pegged at about $3.3 million, he said.
“I think what we’re going to do is hire a construction manager,” Knight said.
That decision will rest with commissioners, but he said they’re already planning on talking with people prior to asking for bids on the jail a third time.
Changes might also need to be made in the plans, although Knight said it’s difficult to make many changes in a floor plan that includes room for 20 inmates as well as space for the sheriff’s office and the Rooks County emergency management director.
This time around, just three bids were received, but they all were well in excess of what was estimated.
“Our location is hurting us,” Knight said of getting contractors to bid the job.
The preformed concrete walls, for example, likely would have to be shipped by truck to Stockton from the Kansas City area.
“It’s not that complicated and not that big of a project, I didn’t think,” Knight said.