First Steps for New Alpena County Jail
Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:21:48 EST
Initial steps to construct a new Alpena County Jail started to move foreword Tuesday (28), as Alpena County Commissioners approved a series of actions.

Commissioners hired Rod Miller of Community Resource Services of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to oversee development of plans, proposals, and construction. Miller had worked with the jail committee that was successful to obtain a voter approved millage request for jail construction. Sheriff Steve Kieliszewski said Miller is recognized as a top expert in correctional facility building and design, saying "He will work with us every step of the way".

Miller will be paid for travel and lodging as needed, in addition to 4-hundred dollars ($400.00) per day, or 50 dollars ($50.00) an hour, with a limit of up to 10-thousand dollars ($10,000.00).

Commissioners also approved soliciting qualifications for a design architect from various companies, and appointed a newly formed nine member committee that will oversee design and construction. They will also tour other facilities to get additional design ideas.

New committee members include County Commissioners Cameron Habermehl, Brad McRoberts, and Bill Peterson. Others to serve include Kieliszewski, Jail and Corrections Supervisor Scott Gagnon, Alpena Councilwoman Cindy Johnson, Wilson Township Supervisor Dan Hibner, retired Sheriff Office employee Lois Hall, and citizen Tony Suszek.

Kieliszewski said the basic process includes a visit to Alpena by representatives of the National Institute of Corrections to give instruction on best design practices.

With a cost in the ten to 12 million dollar range, the 106 bed jail is slated to be built on county property between the airport and Sportsman Drive, and replace the current 61 year old Johnson Street facility.


Photo: An early composite drawing of proposed Alpena County Jail


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