Herkimer County Correctional Facility construction reaches a milestone

Herkimer County officials are calling the delivery and installation of the concrete, pre-fabricated jail cells a milestone for the $38.3 million project.

Posted: Jun 24, 2019 12:39 PM
Updated: Jun 24, 2019 5:49 PM

HERKIMER, N.Y. - Herkimer County officials are calling the delivery and installation of the concrete, pre-fabricated jail cells a milestone for the $38.3 million project.

Last week, the first delivery of cells made it's way to the site on Route 28. So far, there are 25 cells on site all together, and 13 set in place.

The project manager says the cells are coming from a factory in Pennsylvania, and there will be 128 jail cells installed in three sections.

"With the installation of the actual cells themselves, they did progress last week, shipments are coming on a daily basis. We're expecting 10 more cells tomorrow, and continuous through the end of the week, and we're hoping to have the complete installation of all the cells in place by July 4th," said Mark Auclair, project manager for Gilbane Building Company. 

Construction crews are also working on the on-site jail administration building.

"That structure steel is complete, the roof has been started, interior foundations just were completed on Friday, so masonry walls on the inside of the administration building will commence this week," Auclair said.

Overall construction of the facility is expected to completed by June 2020, and officials are expecting it to be open and running by September 2020.

Sheri Ferdula, the budget officers for the project says the new facility will save tax payers money. Currently, the county is boarding out half of their inmates, which is costing about $1.5 million per year.

"It will definitely save the tax payers money, we spend a lot of money right now boarding out prisoners so by building this facility, we'll be able to house everyone here and we're expecting that to be about a $700,000 per year savings in taxes to the tax payers going forward," Ferdula said.

Ferdula says the set-up will be different from the current facility that is in the village of Herkimer. It will be a direct supervision set-up.

"The direct supervision allows individuals to supervise more prisoners at a time," Ferdula said.

Ferdula says the county has been working to fund this facility since 2007.

"The county, since 2007, has been collecting an additional percent sales tax which was earmarked for this facility, so with those monies, which was around $19 million, we bonded out for $18 million and those are the funds that are covering this facility," Ferdula said.

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