9/12/17 presentation scheduled of Design2 LAST findings included in Building Assessment Studies and Cost Estimates Phase 1-B Report / Facebook post, Noisy Waters Northwest

design2 LAST exec summary page 071717

Click the graphic to access the full 7/17/17, Design2 LAST Building Assessment Studies and Cost Estimates for Capital Improvements at the Jail

3 hrs  September 8, 2017  Dena Jensen

This is the first time I have been able to locate this July 2017 Design2 Last study on the Whatcom County website although I kept thinking I was hearing it be referred to. This week on the Council Agenda for the Finance and Administrative Services Committee meeting (being held at 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, September 12, 2017) it says there will be a “presentation by Design2Last of findings included in the Building Assessment Studies and Cost Estimates Phase 1-B Report for capital improvements at the jail (AB2017-047A).” You can click on this link to access a copy of the 07/17/17 study, complete with cost estimates of priority repairs and improvements to the current jail facility: http://wa-whatcomcounty.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/30244

During the same meeting, under Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council is:

“1. Ordinance establishing the Triage Center Expansion Fund and establishing a project based budget for the Triage Center Expansion Project (AB2017-246)”

Here is the link for that ordinance: http://wa-whatcomcounty.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/30250

The New Jail Information page has finally been updated in a substantial way, so you might want to check out that information: http://www.whatcomcounty.us/446/New-Jail-Information

Here is the last paragraph on that page:

“Whatcom County has contracted with Design2LAST, Inc., to design the necessary renovations to the existing jail facility. The Phase under development anticipates the renovations needed to keep the jail as safe and secure as possible until a new jail is built. In the event the jail ballot measure fails, extensive additional work will be completed, as determined by the Design2LAST report. Design and bid documents are being prepared for contractor selection and construction starting in 2018. Whatcom County budgets and spends approximately $1.2M per year on general repair and maintenance of current jail facilities, and in recent years completed a $2.5M upgrade to the electronic jail controls. Major renovations will be undertaken as many systems reach the end of their life cycles.”

Once again, I am encouraging people to write the County Council to call for immediate action to address necessary repairs and improvements needed to bring the facility to a level where it is as safe and humane as possible, which in my opinion means that the “extensive additional work” that it says will be completed if the “jail ballot measure fails” needs to be done whether or not the “jail ballot measure fails.” council@co.whatcom.wa.us


Read this post in the Noisy Waters Facebook group here.

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