Cost of new juvenile hall jumps $500K |

Cost of new juvenile hall jumps $500K

Nevada County supervisors will consider dipping into the county1s undesignated general fund Tuesday to pay $563,853 in cost overruns at the new juvenile detention facility.

3We1re behind schedule, so it1s necessary to increase the contract to carry us to the end,² said Supervisor Peter Van Zant.

The project was originally scheduled for completion last June, but has been hampered by weather delays, unforeseen site conditions and cleanup of a debris pile unearthed during excavation.

Unanticipated costs are normal for a project like this, said County Administrator Ted Gaebler.

3It1s rare that what a project is budgeted for turns out to be the actual cost,² Gaebler said. 3Weather, site conditions and unknown factors affect project costs.²

Once it1s finished, however, Gaebler said, the county will have a quality facility.

3The new hall is well designed and will serve the community1s needs for a long period of time,² Gaebler said.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the hall1s opening is scheduled for Jan. 30.

3Shortly thereafter, we1ll be moving the juveniles into the new hall,² said Doug Carver, juvenile detention superintendent.

The state Board of Corrections extended a deadline to Feb. 28 for the facility to obtain an occupancy permit, so the county is not in jeopardy of losing a $5.4 million grant to fund the project, Carver said.

A $845,253 breach of contract suit filed against the county by general contractor Allen L. Bender in October is pending. Bender alleges delays caused by the county put the project behind schedule and led to cost overruns.

WHAT: Resolution to increase the juvenile hall construction budget

WHEN: 9 a.m. Tuesday

WHERE: Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave. Nevada City

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