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Law enforcement center work keeps rolling along

By Bob Steenson,

Slow but steady could be the watchwords for the Floyd County law enforcement center and courthouse update project.

That description of progress on the project so far points to the enormous amount of work that needs to be done behind the scenes before the first bulldozer scoop of dirt is moved or the first cubic yard of concrete is poured.

Supervisor Linda Tjaden has been making regular progress updates to the other members of the board at supervisor meetings.

She, along with Auditor Gloria Carr and Sheriff Jeff Crooks, are the “core team” that is shepherding the project along on a daily basis, while major decisions come back to the board of supervisors for approval.

“It’s coming along good,” Tjaden reported at Monday morning’s county board workshop meeting, regarding the project that was approved by voters in May 2018.

Data sheets have been received for the new addition, the courthouse updates and the lobby between the buildings, listing needed specifications and materials for flooring, ceilings, plumbing, electrical, etc., she said.

Work continues on arranging to have utilities moved as the county takes over South Jackson Street for part of the project location, on having that street conveyed from the city to the county, and on parking arrangements, surveying and other design work.

“There’s so many different aspects of getting everything planned for,” Tjaden said. “Everybody needs to know what needs to get done so that we can drive toward getting the base package put together, which is what they’re trying to push right now.”

The base package would be one of the first parts of the project actually put up for bids, expected to be ready this summer.

“I think last week it was probably easy to say we were getting almost 10 emails a day,” Tjaden said about working with the project architects, construction manager and other companies. “We finally got the ball rolling on this because it is a coordination effort to get everything done on a timely basis, too, and making sure you’ve tapped the right person that can make things happen.”