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County moves forward with jail & airport terminal projects

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on June 22, 2018 – 12:42 amNo Comment

Alpena County continues to move forward with two large projects – a new sheriff’s office and jail and a new terminal building for the airport.

During a county finance committee meeting this week, commissioners approved language for the issuance of capital improvement bonds not to exceed $12 million for the jail construction.

The project is already underway but ground has yet to be broken.  Before the building can be constructed, a driveway off M-32 needs to be installed, and some trees and brush need to be removed from the building site.  That work is expected to begin in the not so distant future.  Construction of the building could begin as early as fall.

Commissioners also approved a form to accept a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for construction of the airport terminal; and a contract with RS&H which will act as project manager.

The FAA has yet to award the county a projected grant of roughly $10 million toward construction, but approving the paperwork to accept the grant, and the contract with RS&H at this time, will allow construction to begin immediately after the grant is awarded, which the county expects to happen in August or early September.

The total cost of the terminal project is estimated at approximately $13 million.  The Michigan department of Transportation is contributing about $319,000, and the county’s portion will not exceed $2.75 million.

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