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Jail air handlers, showers to be replaced, upgraded

Cary Ashby • Mar 16, 2018 at 9:00 PM

The Huron County Jail and sheriff’s office will receive some upgrades soon.

This week the Huron County commissioners approved an agreement with Gardiner to replace one heating-air conditioning handler on the roof of the sheriff’s office and upgrade the other two. The price tag is nearly $382,800.

“They are 22 to 23 years old,” Commissioner Skip Wilde said. “We made the decision to do it right away.”

In 2017, the same company replaced the units at the Huron County Department of Job and Family Services for about $400,000.

Also this week, the commissioners approved an agreement with FiberCare to replace all the showers in the jail for about $94,600.

“We got it in cheaper that we thought we could. We decided to move ahead with that,” Commissioner Terry Boose said.

Sheriff Todd Corbin, during the mid-February commissioners meeting, said the project price is less than an earlier estimate of nearly $105,000.

Maj. Chuck Summers, the jail administrator, has said replacing the showers should take about a week and corrections officers will move prisoners to various pods while the work is being done. The initial plan was for the showers near the booking area to be upgraded first.

Finally, the commissioners awarded bids and entered into contracts for two road constructions: Washington Road resurfacing and Old State Road repair and resurfacing.

Wilde said the Old State Road bid came in at about $740,000, which was 25 percent less than the original estimate. Details on that project and Washington Road weren’t available at press time.

Boose also was pleased with the bids.

“They came in at very good (prices),” he said.

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