By Linda Kor
The Navajo County Board of Supervisors gave its approval Tuesday for a firm to begin work on the new construction and remodel that will be taking place at the jail facility located at the Navajo County Complex in Holbrook.
With the approval of FCI Constructors of Phoenix, work is set to begin later this month with completion anticipated by the end of 2013. In Phase 1, a new 9,300-sq. ft. building will be added that will house new medical, kitchen and laundry areas all under one roof adjacent to the current jail. Phase 2 calls for another 9,000 square feet of the existing jail to be demolished and remodeled. This includes the current kitchen and booking areas. The remodeling would expand the booking area and allow transport officers closer access to the booking area with covered parking.
The board approved the FCI Constructors contract for an amount not to exceed $25,830, with a service fee of 6.5 percent of the project cost for the new jail facility construction and retrofit. The entire cost for the project is estimated at $4 million.
County Manager Jimmy Jayne stated that county officials are excited for work to begin on the project and the opportunity for temporary employment. “The hiring of local sub-contractors is a priority for this project and we’re excited to be working with FCI on this,” he said.
In other action Dec. 11, the board:
* Approved the appointment of Donald N. Wise, K. Barbara Teague, Eduardo H. Coronado and Derrick Wheeler as precinct committeemen of the Navajo County Democratic Committee.
* Authorized the renaming of an existing road in the Pinetop-Lakeside area from Palamino Drive to Palomino Drive.
* Approved an intergovernmental agreement between the county and the City of Flagstaff for a grant to inventory and assess Brownfield properties (property which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant) along the Historic Route 66 corridor.
* Approved a public utility easement for Citizens Telecommunications Company of the White Mountains for a property in the Holbrook area.
* Approved a special use permit with the Forest Service for Lone Pine landfill maintenance and monitor-ing.
* Approved an award of contract to Tate’s Auto Direct for the purchase of a 2013 Ford Escape for $26,085.39.
* Approved an agent change and acquisition of control application by Kayed Jamal for the Overgaard Food Center, located at 2737 Mogollon Drive.
* Recommended approval of a liquor license application submitted by Gary Martinson for the Porter Mountain Steak House, located at 4048 Porter Mountain Road in Lakeside.
* Approved an intergovernmental agreement between the board, the Navajo County School Superinten-dent and the Arizona Supreme Court for Title I and other associated funds for juvenile detention education services in the amount of $60,555.96.
* Approved an award of contract to Brimhall Sand and Rock and Building Materials, Dyna Rock and Sand, Hatch Construction and Paving, and Perkins Cinders to supply various roadway materials.
* Approved the purchase of one or more conventional 10-wheel tandem axle tractors from RWC Interna-tional Ltd., for $141,275.72.
* Authorized spending $50,000 from District I Special Road Funds for the county’s personnel and equip-ment expenses related to the Red Dog Project.
Acting as the Board of Equalization:
* Approved the property owners’ appeal to re-classify property to class three properties (owner occupied), waive assessed penalties and liens related to this recent reclassification action, and direct the county assessor to reclassify the properties located in Show Low.
* Approved a denial of a property owner’s appeal to reclassify property, which has not satisfied the requirements of occupancy statutes, and maintain property classification at class four properties (non-owner occupied) for property located in Taylor.
Acting as the Public Health Services Board of Directors:
* Approved a renewal of contract with the Arizona Department of Health Services for the Family Planning/Reproductive Health Program, which is funded through a federal grant.
* Approved professional service contracts with German A. Sierra, DDS and Kenneth F. Rice, DMD for dental services at $50 per hour, Tina Muldoon for dental assistant services at $14 per hour, and Regina Rich, AP and Connie Baine, RDH, AP, both for dental hygiene services at $45 per hour, with each position avail-able through the Dental Sealant Program effective Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2013.
By Linda Kor