HERKIMER – Construction on the new Herkimer County Jail could begin within a month as contractors have now been chosen for the project.
At a meeting on Wednesday, the Herkimer County Legislature chose Jersen Construction Group out of Waterford as the general contractor to build the new Herkimer County Jail.
The Herkimer County administrator’s office says that three other companies will be prime contractors on the project as well. The prime electrical contractor will be Weydman Electric out of Tonawanda; the mechanical contractor will be J&K Plumbing out of Binghamton; and the plumbing contractor will be DiGesare Mechanical out of Schenectady.
The new facility will be built at the former P&C site on State Route 28 in Herkimer, and construction could begin as early as November. Construction is expected to take 20 months from start to finish.
The cost of the project is $37,430,000, but that does not include the security system, according to the county administrator’s office. A bid has not yet been awarded for the security system, which is expected to cost around $2 million.
Officials say the county has been approved to bond for $19.7 million, but they won’t bond for that high of an amount. They’ll be using the money collected by the quarter-percent sales tax that has been designated for the jail since around 2007, which totals about $22 million, and they also have money set aside from a tobacco settlement.
The county says that once the jail is open and running, taxes will decrease because there won’t be any more costs to board out their inmates at other jails.