The long awaited contract for a sally port addition to the Canadian County jail was awarded earlier this week after Canadian County Sheriff Chris West selected, and the Board of County Commissioners awarded the project to one of the two contractors who placed bids.
Key Construction, which submitted the lower of two bids ($512,000.00) is expected to begin the work sometime in July on the much needed secure garage facility for safe loading and unloading of prisoners. The sally port will also provide for much need storage space for the county jail.
Diversified Construction submitted the higher bid on the project, which came in at $564,127.00 for the same work. Because there was no reason to go with the higher bid, Sheriff West selected Key Construction for the project.
“I think $512,000.00 is very reasonable for the project, and thrilled we’ll be able to pay for the project without using any Tax Payer dollars, by using Federal Asset Forfeiture (Drug Money), Prisoner Care and Jail Commissary funds,” West said.
The project will also provide for modification work on the parking lot enabling access to the sally port, and replace a circle drive with multiple lateral parking spots.
A sally port is a secure garage facility that provides privacy and protection for law enforcement officers, and jail staff while moving prisoners and evidence between the jail and transport vehicles.
“I appreciate the assistance and support of the County Commissioners in getting this project off the ground, and look forward to opening it in the fall,” said West.
The project is expected to be completed and in use by the end of October.