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What comes next for Floyd County LEC project?

“It’s going to be a lot safer for the police station ... the workers and the inmates, too.”

Posted: May. 2, 2018 9:23 PM
Updated: May. 3, 2018 6:31 AM

CHARLES CITY, Iowa- After Floyd County residents voted in favor of a new law enforcement center Tuesday, they are now ready to see the vacant building behind the courthouse turn in to a state-of-the-art LEC.
“We need a new jail so it is a lot safer, “said Terry Brandt.
But before they break ground for the project, Brandt said he’d like to know a timeline of the project.
“How much is it going to cost?” said Brandt.
Linda Tjaden, the Floyd County Board of Supervisors Chairperson, said there’s a number of different parts of the project that need to be finalized: Who will be completing the project, the design, and the timeline? Tjaden and Gloria Carr, the Floyd County Auditor, started to hash out on Wednesday with the architect.
“We’re going to be as transparent as possible,” said Tjaden. “As soon as those timelines come about, we will make sure the public is informed.”
While the project starts to fall into place, Tjaden says there are still a number of parts of the project that could change from the proposed design to how much the project could cost.
“The cost itself of $13,500,000 is based on us getting it done as quickly as possible because construction costs will continue to go up,” she said.
As for those waiting to see the project unfold, they just hope it will be a good fit for the county.
“It’s going to be a lot safer for the police station ... the workers and the inmates, too,” said Brandt.

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