Third option for jail locks on table


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Weighing the options: Commmissioners Brad Armstrong (left), Derek Towle and Tom Stevens want to consider a third proposal to replace the aging jail locks. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)


GREENFIELD — The purchase of new locks for the Hancock County Jail came to a screeching halt Tuesday morning, when concerns were raised over the two bids.

The Hancock County Commissioners were scheduled to award a contract to Crowder Detention or Federal Locking Service Tuesday.

Crowder had submitted a bid of $345,000 to replace the jail’s aging locks. Federal Locking Service had quoted $277,550 but did not include all of the locks in its bid.

After expressing concerns about the price, the commissioners will look at a third contractor. Commissioner Brad Armstrong said he approached CML RW Security about the jail locks. Armstrong personally knows one of the firm’s partners and had the Colorado-based company look over the Crowder bid.

Crowder’s bid envisioned an installation that would require significant welding and cutting on cell doors. CML RW Security’s representative said the job may be able to be done with less modification.

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