Officials reviewing bids for jail locks

GREENFIELD — The Hancock County Council is bracing to spend up to $345,000 on new jail locks, though where to buy them is still up in the air.

Public officials continued to show concern over the surprise expense that arose at the Hancock County Jail late last year, when sheriff’s department officials were alerted to a problem with the jail’s aging cell locks.

Tuesday, Hancock County Commissioners opened quotes from two companies, but because the bids were so far apart officials decided to take time to review them.

Wednesday, Commissioner President Derek Towle told the county council that he’d like them to plan to spend the maximum figure of $345,000 so money is available when they decide which company to hire.

But Councilman Jim Shelby questioned whether the county should wait until a more thorough investigation is done on the jail. The engineering firm DLZ was hired to analyze the jail and its security systems; that could take 90 days to complete.

“I feel that the locks are important enough we need to get acting on it right now,” Towle replied.

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