More Delays Push Jail Opening to February

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Kodiak city officials say they are looking forward to completing the new jail on Mill Bay Road. The police department has already moved in, but inmates continue to be housed at the old jail downtown.

The opening date has been pushed back several times due to last minute change orders but City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski says inmates should be transferred to the new lockup by the first of February.

— jail 1 :18 "It will be really nice … one facility."

The total price tag for the police station and jail now stands at $25.3 million. That’s an increase of more than a million and a half dollars compared to estimates released last fall. Now the city council is being asked to approve a budget amendment to cover the difference.

Kniaziowski says much of the extra costs stem from money spent on a previous design that was later scuttled due to public opposition.

— jail 2 :41 "The city started down … new facility stands."

She said the money spent on that previous design is only now being tacked onto the total cost of the project. That will require an extra $1.1 million to be spent out of the city’s general fund.

— jail 3 :35 "These are things that … the original project."

The $1.1 million is broken down as $750,000 for a series of change orders already approved by the council as well as price of the land and permitting costs. The remaining $350,000 is for environmental studies.

The budget amendment goes to its first reading at Thursday’s city council meeting. It will then go to a second reading and public hearing next month.

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