Colusa County Jail project continues to move forward

The current Colusa County Jail.

A new jail is one step closer to being built in Colusa County, as two construction companies moved through the county’s Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process for the design and construction of the facility.

The county sent out the RFQ – which serves as a pre-qualification process for potential contractors – on June 7. A total of three companies submitted statements of qualifications in response to the request.

The Board voted unanimously to allow the two most qualified “design-build entities” – Roebbelen Contracting, Inc. and Clarke & Sullivan Construction/Broward Builders – to submit their proposals for the design and construction of the 96-bed jail facility.

Former Colusa County Sheriff’s Jail Lt. Miguel Villasenor, who is now working as a consultant on the project, said that documents were submitted to the Federal Bureau of Prison’s Designation & Sentence Computation Center a few weeks ago, and would still need to be approved by the Department of General Services and the Department of Finance before the county can move forward with their request for proposals (RFP) from the two companies.

“After that, (the project will need approval from) Public Works Board. We are currently on the calendar to have our project approved in Sept. Once they approve our project, they will give us a notice to proceed,” Villasenor said.

Colusa applied for and received funding under Senate Bill 863, also known as the Adult Local Criminal Justice Facilities Construction program, which provides up to $500 million in state lease-revune bond financing authority for the acquisition, design, and construction of adult local criminal justice facilities. Colusa received the entirety of the funding it requested and the maximum funding amount of $20 million for the project.

The proposed 96 bed, 26,600 square foot facility will be built on the northeast portion of the existing Sheriff’s Office property. It will consist of two stories. The main level of the building will amount to 15,000 square feet, the upper level will consist of 7,600 square feet, and there will be 4,000 square feet of “yard” space.

According to Colusa County Sheriff Joe Garofalo, the new jail will be “a more efficient facility.” It will provide adequate programming, mental health treatment and recreation space, replacing the substandard, open-bar front cells and dormitories with podular housing unites, the Sheriff’s Office said in a prior press release.

Construction was originally slated to begin in September, but that date has since been pushed back.

“We’ve had some delays, but it’s moving forward, at least,” Garofalo said on Monday.

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Brian Pearson is the Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects include reporting on local government and the newly feature sports page. To contact Brian about this article, or for future articles, please email him at brian@colusacountynews.net