Lewis County Herald - Serving Hohenwald, Lewis County Tennessee Since 1898

By Becky Jane Newbold
Managing Editor 

Architect Fees High for New Jail Project

 

Becky J. Newbold

Architect Bill Allen shows what he called the "Brewer Plan" as a basis for the final drawings presented by TLM Associates as TLM President Randy McKinnon, seated right, listens. Members of the Public Safety Committee were faced with reality that an additional $124,000 in design fees are to be paid as Lewis County proceeds with a plan to renovate and do new construction at Lewis County Jail. Seated, left, in the Lewis County Courtroom are Lewis County Commissioner Jerry Ashmore, Mayor Jonah Keltner, Lewis County Commissioners Connie Sharp, T. J. Hinson and Jason Fite. Also pictured, Lewis County Attorney Jack Heath.

Architect Bill Allen presented a set of drawings, 95 percent completed, to the Public Safety Committee Monday evening and also addressed an invoice Lewis County Government protested in the amount of $114,147.

According to Lewis County Mayor Jonah Keltner, Lewis County contracted with TLM Associates in 2012 under then Mayor Van Ward to create a plan for a new jail. At the time, estimates came in at $7 million for a new penal facility.

Three mayors and three commissions later, Lewis County has paid, to date, $250,003.87 in design fees. Before the plan is completed, another $9,400 is expect...



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