Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette The Grayson County Fiscal Court this week hired an architecture firm to design the new Grayson County Detention Center expansion.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

The Grayson County Fiscal Court this week hired an architecture firm to design the new Grayson County Detention Center expansion.

The Grayson County Fiscal Court has hired an architecture firm to design and engineer the new 200-bed addition to the Grayson County Detention Center.

The county is looking to construct a new facility attached to the current detention center that can house all of the county's female inmates.

While both facilities will be connected, in order to keep the male and female inmates separate, the new addition must be able to operate as its own separate facility.

The Fiscal Court, a number of weeks ago, held a special meeting to invite four architectural firms to pitch their proposals for the jail expansion, and, on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 28, the court opened bids of service for the project.

The firms' bids included fees based on an estimated $11.2 million construction cost for the project.

The four bidding architecture firms were Brandstetter Carroll, out of Lexington, KY; CMW Architects & Engineers, out of Lexington, KY; JKS Architects & Engineers, out of Hopkinsville, KY; and DLZ, which has offices throughout Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Brandstetter Carroll's bid included a $620,000 fee for complete architecture and engineering services, which equals 5.53 percent of the $11.2 million construction cost.

CMW's bid included a fee of 5.5 percent of the $11.2 million construction cost for complete architecture and engineering services, which equals $616,000.

JKS's bid included a fee of 4.98 percent of the $11.2 million construction cost for complete architecture and engineering services, which equals $557,760.

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And DLZ's bid included a fee of 4.96 percent of the $11.2 million construction cost for complete architecture and engineering services, which equals $545,000.

Grayson County Jailer Jason Woosley said, after the bids were opened, that he has since researched the four firms and has full confidence that all four firms could perform the job well.

However, his goal was to get the county the best financial option, so Woosley recommended that the Fiscal Court accept the low bid from DLZ.

Based on Woosley's recommendation, the Fiscal Court voted to accept the bid from DLZ for architecture and engineering services for the new jail addition.

In other business:

*The Fiscal Court voted to accept the swearing in of Brenda Huffman as interim 3rd District Magistrate.

*The Fiscal Court voted to declare a CASE Backhoe and two yellow SnowEx salt boxes to be surplus and placed up for bid on govdeals.com.

*Grayson County Judge/Executive Kevin Henderson said that seven vehicles that had previously been declared surplus had sold for $30,000 on govdeals.com.

*Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins thanked the Fiscal Court for updating the fire dues ordinance, which has significantly assisted his staff with tax collections.

He also said that his office has, thus far, collected over $100,000 in taxes online, now that this service has been made available.

*The Fiscal Court voted to approve Chaffins' official receipt for property tax bills for 2017 limestone, sand, and gravel property, which totaled $6,480.97.

*The Fiscal Court voted to appoint John Popham to the Grayson County Airport Board to fill the position of Eddie Anderson, who recently resigned; and to appoint Daron Bell, Jo Escue, and Eric St. Clair to the Grayson County Extension District Board for second terms.

*The Fiscal Court voted to hire Holly Butler as a part-time accounts payable clerk.

*The Fiscal Court voted to move its December meeting to Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 4 p.m.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

The Grayson County Fiscal Court this week hired an architecture firm to design the new Grayson County Detention Center expansion.