County Facing Increased Costs For Completing Silverdale Renovation

  • Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Sheriff Austin Garrett
Sheriff Austin Garrett

The county is facing increased costs for completion of major renovations at the Silverdale Detention Center.

The County Commission will vote next Wednesday on extending the design contract with Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum (HOK) to include redesign of the IDF Room and additional construction administration services. The cost is $242,712.

Another resolution is for $848,521 to increase and extend the contract with KTM Builders.

Commissioners were told that part of the issue should not fall on the county and that HOK should have had a representative at the meeting to discuss that matter.

Ron Bernard, chief of staff for Sheriff Austin Garrett, said the contract would be extended through May.

He said part of the work upgrades all the cameras. Sheriff Garrett said when the sheriff's office took over the facility from the private Core Civic that 40 percent of the cameras and locks did not work. He said Silverdale was originally designed for a workhouse and not for maximum security.

There will be 450 state of the art cameras installed. 

The sheriff said it will eventually be necessary to close a couple of the older buildings at Silverdale and add more new space.

 

 

 

Breaking News
Police Blotter: Man Runs Shirtless Up And Down Gunbarrel Road; Police Return Debit Card Dropped During Car Break-In
  • 2/5/2023

Police got a call about a shirtless man running up and down Gunbarrel Road. Police spoke with the man, who is known for acting this way. * * * An employee at the Mr. Zip Shell gas station, ... more

Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report
  • 2/5/2023

Here is the latest Hamilton County arrest report: ARNOLD, CODY SHANE 9322 SMITH CEMETERY CIR SODDY DAISY, 37373 Age at Arrest: 30 years old Arresting Agency: HC Sheriff AGGRAVATED ... more

Historic Mentone Suffers Another Devastating Fire Loss
Historic Mentone Suffers Another Devastating Fire Loss
  • 2/4/2023

A second historic building in Mentone, Ala., on Lookout Mountain has been destroyed by fire. The Hitching Post had long stood at the corner of Alabama Highway 117 and DeSoto Parkway. The ... more