County oks nearly $200,000 for jail study |

County oks nearly $200,000 for jail study

Laura Brown
Sun News Service

On Tuesday, county board of supervisors unanimously approved a $198,000 contract with a San Francisco-based architectural firm to complete a feasibility study to expand and modernize the county jail.

That amount grew from last year’s estimated costs of $170,000 to do the study.

“Was this scrutinized, each phase of this?,” asked district two supervisor Sue Horne.

“I know it’s a multi-million project and I understand that, but it’s a lot of money,” Horne said.

The study, conducted by Beverly Prior Architects, is scheduled to proceed in two phases. Once complete, the county will begin the search for an architect to prepare construction drawings for the project.

The jail expansion is estimated to cost $10 to $15 million, according to Steve Monaghan, chief information officer for the county.