WELLSBORO - Tioga County commissioners, acting as the prison board, awarded contracts to four companies totaling nearly $500,000 for an addition to the county prison food services building.
Contracts were awarded to:
General construction - Lee Contracting Services LLC, $241,800.
Plumbing - Silvertip Inc., $42,000.
HVAC - W.C. Eshenauer and Son Inc., $58,000.
Electrical - G.R. Noto Electrical Construction Inc., $136,000.
The addition will include a new kitchen to prepare meals for inmates, as well as human service employees. It will have new equipment and be more efficient. For example, the current kitchen uses an outdoor storage freezer and it will be indoors in the new kitchen.
The addition also includes a larger delivery area that won't interfere with other functions of the prison. Now, delivery trucks and corrections officers have to use the same area to receive food, as well as intake inmates.
The decision to build a new kitchen came after the board learned some of the codes and safety measures were in question.
"We had some codes that were in question. We wanted to stay in codes and safety," Commissioner Mark Hamilton said.
The money needed for the addition to the prison will come from Act 13 impact fee money, Commissioner Erick Coolidge said.
The money will be paid only by Act 13 funds, no taxpayer money will go toward the project, Hamilton added.
The board also approved the purchase and installation of a pump grinder at the prison, with Schoonover Plumbing and Heating Inc. doing the installation at a cost of $35,880. The pump grinder also will be paid for by Act 13 funds.
Approval was given for the hiring of three part-time corrections officers at a rate of $13.81 per hour, without benefits.
The commissioners meet next at 10 a.m. Feb. 25 at the county courthouse.