Wichita County Commissioners move forward with Law Enforcement Center

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - Wichita County Commissioners held a special session Thursday to discuss construction costs for the Law Enforcement Center they plan to start building this summer.

Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom said they are within their $70 million price range when it comes to the budget. Gossom said, "We're where we should be on the construction costs – the 59 million. Then, the other 10 million is to furnish it and allow for some contingency and things that come up that you just didn't foresee."

The total costs come to around $69 million.

There were a few adjustments made to fit within the budget such as:
changing the material of some structures from concrete to metal, reducing the size of some rooms, and removing the Emergency Management Office from the plan.

The next step for the project is to request bids, which would give area contractors the chance to work on the project.

Gossom said, "Yates/Litteken is the general contractor for this project. They will hire subs based on these bids. So, right now it's a very good figure. We've still got to wait and get the bids, that's the proof in the pudding."

Advertisements for those bids go out this Sunday and are due June 14. As for the over 188,000 sq. ft. building, construction is expected to start in early July.

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