Wichita Co. working on project for Vernon College parking

WICHITA COUNTY, TX (KAUZ) - A date to break ground on the new Wichita County jail is quickly approaching and County Commissioners want to make sure students at the Vernon College Skills Training Center have a place to park.

Right now Vernon College shares a facility with the county jail and has lots of parking on the property, but the new county jail will take up a majority of that space forcing students to park somewhere else.

That's why on Monday County Commissioners passed a motion for architects to put a project out for bid to build two new parking lots near the facility for students to use. Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom said there will be around 150 spots.

"This will make it a much better looking entrance to Vernon College," Judge Gossom said. "We did discuss jokingly that they weren't going to put the concertina wire on the fencing around the front of Vernon College. So we will stay away from that. But it will be a good project."

Judge Gossom said they don't know exactly how much the project will cost, but it's expected to be anywhere between $550,000 and $575,000.

The county is also working to negotiate a deal with Vernon College on how much each side will pay. Judge Gossom said his proposal is for the college to continue to pay the same amount they currently do a month and expand the length of their lease.

Once the county receives bids, they will award the project and have it completed in phases.

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