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County jail in Kingman a year behind schedule
Issues with builder were resolved last May

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The new Mohave County Jail is expected to open in late October or early November.

Mohave County/Courtesy<br> The new Mohave County Jail is expected to open in late October or early November.

KINGMAN - The new county jail may not see inmates until late October or early November, nearly a year behind the original schedule.

The new jail was supposed to be finished in November 2009, but in December 2008, communications issues arose between Faulkner USA and PinnacleOne, the contractor the county had hired to build the new facility.

The issues included:

• Faulkner not notifying the county or PinnacleOne of changes in key personnel on the project.

• Faulkner not providing copies of agreements with design professionals, lien waivers, new insurance certificates and background checks.

• Faulkner has also not provided a current copy of the daily log of activity, an updated master schedule for the project, copies of the construction management software, a construction progress schedule and a procurement schedule.

• And concerns about minor changes being made

to the design or construction of the building without notifying PinnacleOne or the county.

According to reports from the San Antonio Express News, Faulkner had problems in 2008 building a new hotel and convention center in the city. It also had problems paying its subcontractors and was sued by another subcontractor, United Forming, for more than $6 million when Faulkner fired United. JP Chase Morgan also sued the company for more than $6 million. According to the News, the suit from United Forming was thrown out on appeal.

According to the Sun Sentinel out of Florida, the company also had problems with building a hotel/convention center in Fort Lauderdale during that same time period. Broward County commissioners eventually canceled that project.

The issues involving Faulkner, Pinnacle One and Mohave County were resolved in May 2009, and according to County Finance Director John Timko, there have not been any other major problems or negotiations with the company.

The cost to build the new jail has not changed, and there have been no changes in the contract for the new jail, Timko said.

The jail will be paid for with county sales tax revenue through a lease-to-own contract similar to the one used to pay for the current County Administration Building.

The finished facility will contain 688 beds with the possibility to expand the building in the future to contain a total of 1,100 beds.

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