Committee selects firm to evaluate jail needs

KINGMAN ­ A special selection committee has recommended a design firm to evaluate whether to build a new county jail or to expand the current facility.

The committee selected RNL Design of Denver from among a series of "needs assessment and pre-design planning services" companies to conduct a complete study of county needs and inmate requirements to aid in the decision to either expand the current jail or build a completely new facility, according to a county news release.

After the Board of Supervisors review the selection, the firm will examine current procedures and trends in addition to staffing, environmental issues and structural requirements and costs.

A selection committee consisting of County Manager Ron Walker, Finance Director John Timko, Sheriff's Chief Deputy Jim McCabe, Jail Commander Capt. Bruce Brown and Assistant Public Works Director Nick Hont evaluated and independently scored proposals received on March 29 in accordance with published evaluation criteria and facilitated by county Procurement Manager Travis Lingenfelter, the release states.

RNL's presentation included information on its plan of action, including the study of dispositional alternatives such as work and treatment programs and the impact of programs, operations and their proximity to the site, according to the release.

They will also evaluate the project's size necessity versus long and short-term economic benefits.

RNL will identify a short list of sites following investigative study of economic, social and environmental issues and input evaluation. Community work sessions will be held for each site.

The Board of Supervisors will vote on the committee's recommendation of RNL Design on Wednesday, July 6, at 9:30 a.m. at the county complex at 809 E. Beale St.