Stanislaus County leaders expect to hire architects today for the next phase of jail expansion on vacant land next to the Public Safety Center on Hackett Road in west Ceres.
HOK of San Francisco would be paid $2.93 million to design a maximum-security unit, plus $1.15 million for a building to process inmates coming and going. Also, WLC Architects of Folsom would be paid $287,950 to design a day reporting center.
The county expects to add space for 456 inmates at a cost of $90 million, with 90 percent coming in a state grant. Construction could begin in a couple of years and finish in summer 2016.
Hiring 94 detention employees for the new wings could increase operating costs $10 million per year.
The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors meets at 9 a.m. today in the basement chamber at Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St., Modesto. Supervisors also will consider:
Paying $248,500 for an emergency overhaul of a main elevator at the 64-year-old, three-story Health Services Agency building at 830 Scenic Drive in Modesto. People have been trapped on the elevator for as long as 45 minutes in various failures since May. Replacing "critical components" should take about 115 working days, a report says.
Extending a program rooting out In-Home Supportive Services fraud. A unit expects to conduct 384 investigations this year and save $1.3 million, a report says. Care providers are paid more than $50 million a year to help about 5,800 home-bound poor in this county.
Initiate a sewer system in south Modesto's Parklawn neighborhood and a second storm drain phase in Empire. They are expected to cost $5 million and $11.2 million, respectively, and the county doesn't have the money, but could lose $1.3 million in development block grants if not spent by April. An initial construction phase could begin for the Parklawn project, with enough left to design the Empire project, a report reads. A $9.5 million sewer system needed in the unincorporated portion of the airport neighborhood is out of luck because city voters have not weighed in on extending services to that area, as required by a city law.
Spending $117,137 on computer hardware for prosecutors. Technology advances have increased digital storage needs by 3,889 percent since 2003, a report says.
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