Sheriff to move into new quarters in 2003

A new 31,000-square-foot sheriff's office headquarters could be ready for occupancy by May 2003 at a projected cost of $6.9 million fully equipped.

The cost, size and building schedule are estimates that could change Mohave County Manger Ron Walker said at the regular supervisors meeting, held Monday at the Johnson building.

"We will not know specifics until the contract with the architect is signed, plans drawn and construction bids received," Walker said.

The building is planned for a 3.73-acre parcel at the former armory site at 600 W.

Beale St.

near Interstate 40.

The Mohave County Jail Annex and the Kingman and Cerbat Justice Courts are on each side of the vacant site for the new office.

"We always come in over budget on every building project," District 3 Supervisor Buster Johnson said.

"I want the county manager responsible for the project and for any cost changes and I want to receive truthful accounting as we go."

Walker said he was in agreement with the responsibility being in his hands.

"I am comfortable with the overall management responsibility in my office," he said.

"The county engineer will be the project manager, the chief deputy represents the sheriff and the county attorney the legal matters.

(Contract) issues will be handled by the procurement manager."

Walker recommended hiring a construction manager rather than paying the architect $145,000.

Walker proposed a project schedule with the architect contract completed Sept.

4, the next board meeting.

A contract is being negotiated with Tate, Snyder, and Kimsey of Las Vegas.

The process of designing the building would begin in October and is expected to be complete by December.

Construction documents and the bid process would be complete by May 2002.

Construction is estimated to take one year with the building occupied by May 2003.

The $6.9 million estimated cost of the building includes $1.1 million for a 911 phone system and the needed radio equipment for dispatch calls.

The state could provide $385,000 for the 911 system if timelines can be worked out, Sheriff Tom Sheahan said.

"Residents should understand that the county handles all cell phone calls to 911," District 1 Supervisor and Chairman Pete Byers said.

"City residents get that service just like county residents."

District 2 Supervisor Tom Sockwell asked if "loose incidentals" would always be 50 percent of the actual building construction cost when additional buildings are done.

"These estimates show the loose equipment or furniture and the 911 system to be 50 percent of the construction estimate," he said.

"Can we always expect that?"

Walker said some of the extra or "loose incidental costs" would be part of any building, but the 911 system at $1.1 million was a unique cost to the MCSO facility.

Walker reviewed the previous consideration of the MCSO facility by the current supervisors in a memo.

On a 2-1 vote at the Jan.

22 meeting, the supervisors voted for HDR Architecture to proceed with planning the MCSO at Beale Street and I-40 on the armory site.

At the Feb.

5 meeting, the supervisors discussed the armory site and reaffirmed the decision by a 3-0 vote.

HDR's contract was terminated at the Feb.

20 meeting and a request for proposals from architects was approved.

At the May 10 meeting the firm of Tate, Snyder and Kimsey of Las Vegas was chosen as the most qualified to plan the MCSO facility and negotiations were begun.

The county staff reviewed the Tate, Kimsey and Snyder contract at an Aug.

14 meeting at Public Works.

With the report to the supervisors Monday, the project will move forward under Walker's management.

In other action:

• The supervisors voted to leave the $384,000 in the general administrative budget to pay memberships in state and national county associations and for lobby activity.

• The supervisors asked for additional information before endorsing an effort to develop parks and business along both banks of the Colorado River below Davis Dam.

Johnson expressed concern that developments would decrease the county fees at the county-owned Davis Dam Park.

• At Johnson's request, the park department will continue the effort to develop standard fees and contracts for park use.

• New zoning rules for assisted living facilities were adopted.

• Commercial zoning regulations for Oatman and Chloride were changed.

• The supervisors postponed until Sept.

4 any decision on board involvement in oversight of easements in the Wikieup area by Caithness for gas and water lines for a proposed power plant.