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Cells delivered to regional jail site

Page News and Courier The Shenandoah Valley-Herald The Warren Sentinel
FRONT ROYAL – With clearing and grading work wrapping up at the site of the RSW Regional Jail on U.S. 340/522, 70-square-foot cells are being delivered in blocks of 24 for construction of the 270,000-square-foot jail slated to open in 2014.
Workers with construction contractor Howard Shockey & Sons of Winchester and several subcontractors are aiming to have a portion of the building under roof before winter weather hits.
The cells are made by Oldcastle Precast of Fredericksburg.
“Some of them are 40-some thousand pounds a piece,” said James Marstin, a consultant to the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail Authority.
Marstin told members of the Authority during their Thurday meeting at the RSW Regional Jail that the project remains within budget despite numerous “change orders” during the construction phase because more than $2 million had been budgeted for contingency funds.
“It's not uncommon in a project this size to have change orders,” Marstin said. “We are completely within budget.”
The $82 million jail will house 375 prisoners.
The Jail Authority on Thursday passed a motion to contract with Emedia Associates of Bristow for development and hosting of the new jail's website. The company estimated a total project cost of $3,570 to develop the web site, which was considerably lower than the $6,175- to $6,825-estimate from D&K design of Sperryville.
Regional Jail Authority Chairman Douglas Stanley noted that D&K's proposal would have charged $55.92 per year for hosting the web site, whereas Emedia's cost is listed at $25 per month.
But, he said, it would take a long time for the money saved from the lower monthly hosting bill to equate with the money spent on site development.
Once the website has been created, Brandy Rosser, grants coordinator for Warren County administration, will update the site with job postings and minutes from Jail Authority meetings.
Emedia also developed the web site for the Warren County Sheriff's office and Warren County government.
Attending Thursday's meeting at the Warren County Government Center were RSW Regional Jail Authority Chairman Douglas Stanley, Rappahannock County Administrator John McCarthy, Shenandoah County Sheriff Timothy Carter, Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors Chairman Conrad Helsley Jr., Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors Chairman Roger Welch, and Warren County Sheriff Daniel McEathron. Rappahannock County Sheriff Connie Smith, Shenandoah County Administrator Doug Walker, and Warren County Supervisor Daniel Murray were absent.

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