Wichita Co. takes another step towards jail groundbreaking

Wichita Co. takes another step towards jail groundbreaking

WICHITA COUNTY, Tx (RNN Texoma) - Wichita County continues to take steps towards a mid-summer groundbreaking on a new Law Enforcement Center and the commissioner's court will be opening bids in the coming weeks.

On Tuesday, commissioners passed a motion to spend up to $200,000 for construction material testing services.

That money will go towards making sure the county is getting everything it's paying for and everything is the way it's supposed to be.

Commissioner Mark Beauchamp said lots of things will be tested during this phase, and added this step is a vital part of the project.

"We want to make sure that the tilt wall construction is correct, make sure the concrete compression rates are to specification," Commissioner Beauchamp said. "We don't want to build a $70 million building and a year later the foundation fails."

Commissioner Beauchamp also gave an update on the project to commissioners. He said everything is moving forward as expected and the big thing they will be doing this week is holding a pre-bid meeting.

On Thursday, all the contractors will get together and make sure everyone is on the same page and all questions are answered before they start putting parts of it out for bid.

Commissioner Beauchamp said they are also having weekly teleconferences with the architects to make sure they're hitting every deadline. The groundbreaking is scheduled for July 27.

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