The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 1, 2012

Commission to consider contract for jail repairs

From staff reports

CARTHAGE, Mo. — The Jasper County Commission will consider a contract for county jail repairs when it meets at 9 a.m. today, but Sheriff Archie Dunn said Monday that he’s no closer to agreement on the repair plan.

Commissioners a week ago had looked at approving a contract with Cornerstone Detention Products, of Tanner, Ala., to do the work, but delayed action after some language in the proposed pact needed to be revised.

Darieus Adams, Western District associate commissioner, said a new version of the contract was received last Wednesday and a copy was sent to the sheriff.

“We haven’t heard anything from him. We’re hoping he’s at peace with it,” Adams said. “I anticipate we’ll be talking about it and if there are issued raised, we’ll try to address them.”

Dunn has said another company — Simplex-Grinnell — has offered to do the work for a much lower cost. The company did not submit a proposal along with other bidders, and commissioners have said the county would have to seeks bids again if it considered an offer from a third company after prices from the two others that did make proposals had been made public.