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Bid For Regional Jail Approved

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FRONT ROYAL - The Regional Jail Authority approved a revised bid for building its jail facility that reduced the contract by about $100,000 from what had been submitted earlier this month.

On April 12, Howard Shockey & Sons, a general contracting firm out of Winchester, submitted the lowest bid of nearly $55.7 million to do the job.

After discussing a number of possible reductions at their Thursday afternoon meeting, authority board members decided to take advantage of one concerning wall construction. The result reduced the construction cost to just less than $55.6 million.

The authority voted 7-1 in favor of the contract, with Shenandoah County Sheriff Tim Carter the lone dissenter. Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors Chairman Conrad Helsley abstained.

Construction on the regional jail facility is slated to begin this month in Warren County. The jail will house inmates from Shenandoah, Rappahannock and Warren counties.

The authority is made up of representatives from each locality.

Warren County Administrator Doug Stanley said the hiring of Howard Shockey & Sons could be a good thing for local jobs.

"The contractor will, hopefully, be able to employ some locals from the Valley," Stanley said.

According to the project schedule prepared by Moseley Architects, the firm handling the jail project, the facility is planned to open for operation in June 2014. The building will have room for 374 inmates.

The authority also approved a resolution to borrow the funds necessary for construction of the jail from SunTrust bank.

The Regional Jail Authority's next meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. May 31 at the Warren County Government Center in Front Royal.

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