Commission approves bid recommendations for work at jail (updated)

Published 9:20 pm Monday, August 12, 2013

The Chilton County Commission unanimously approved bids Monday for more than $84,000 worth of improvements for the Chilton County Jail.

At the July 22 commission meeting, commissioners voted to accept the bid proposals for potential work to be done on the security cameras and work on the door system at the Chilton County Jail.

The commission made a motion on July 22 to accept the bids and allow Chilton County Sheriff Kevin Davis to review the bids and report back to the commission.

Although Davis was not at Monday’s meeting, county administrator Connie Powell told commissioners Davis had submitted his recommendations for the work to be done at the jail totaling $84,705.

Davis recommended Unique Security who was the only bid submitted for mechanical work on the jail door system for a yearly service contract of $15,000.

In his second recommendation, which was for security cameras, Davis chose Pinnacle Network Solutions who submitted a base bid for $69,705.00.

Caton told commissioners there were two other bids submitted for the security cameras including Unique Security with a base bid of $181,854 and Montgomery Electronics and Communications Services with a base bid for $128,960 for repairs.

Originally, commissioners said part of the money for the repairs would come out of $460,000 the state granted to the county for the use of capital improvements and some of the money would come out of the sheriff’s jail account.

On Monday, commissioners said the repairs would solely come out of the Capital Improvement Fund.

Exact details about what work needs to be done has been withheld from the commission meetings, but Davis told commissioners in April a safety survey had been conducted on the jail.

During the survey through the Association of County Commissioners of Alabama (ACCA), Davis made three recommendations about the jail although specifics were not publicly presented during the meeting.

Davis originally told commissioners he estimated it would cost $135,000 for the repairs.