Everything You Need to Know About the New Saginaw County Jail
$35.8 million new jail
The new jail will cost $35.8 million and house 511 inmates.
The jail is currently staffed by 53 correctional officers, while the new jail would have only 43. Federspiel said 10 of the 53 officers will either go into retirement or be switched to another position outside the jail.
“Our goal is to have zero layoffs at the time that this jail is finished, hopefully by Thanksgiving 2019.”
The benefits and wages saved from the 10 officers would equal payments needed for the $35.8 million in jail bonds over the next 25 to 30 years, Federspiel said.
On Aug. 15, 2017 , Saginaw County Commissioners passed a resolution and notice of intent to issue tax-exempt bonds to finance the cost of acquiring, constructing, furnishing and equipping the Saginaw County Jail and Sheriff’s Administration Building.
The bonds will add on another $2.5 million in interest over the 30 years if they aren’t paid off early, bringing the total to more than $38 million, said Saginaw County Controller Robert Belleman.
The new jail will be a direct-observation layout. Federspiel said because of this layout, officers will be able to manage and see the same number of individuals with fewer staff.
Goldberg Group Architects based out of Missouri will be in charge of designing the jail.
“We did bid the detention equipment package, which is all the cells, all the security, electronics, all the furniture we did that a month ago. Those bids have been accepted and received,” said Terry Blanchard, director of client services for Goldberg Group Architects.
Bids for site work, masonry, and things such as the building envelope will be sent out at the end of February.
In the next month, Blanchard said a bid package for mechanical, electrical and plumbing will be sent out.
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