Hamilton County: Commission considering contract increases

Hamilton County: Commission considering contract increases

March 10th, 2011 by Dan Whisenhunt in Local - Breaking News

Hamilton County Commission Chairman Fred Skillern speaks with Commissioners Jim Fields and Larry Henry.

Hamilton County commissioners this morning began discussing proposed increases to the contract for operating the Silverdale Detention Center and a $921,000 increase to a $3 million contract at Enterprise South.

The county paid Corrections Corp. of America $12.8 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2010 to operate Silverdale. The contract amendment increases the value of contract by 1 percent in 2011 and by another 1 percent in 2012. One percent of $12.8 million is $128,000.

The contract alsot guarantees a minimum daily population of 915 inmates.

The increase for the Enterprise South project involves a contract held by Talley Construction Co. for the widening of a support yard at the site. The notes on the commission agenda anticipate the city of Chattanooga will split the cost with Hamilton County, with each paying $460,934.

County Engineer Todd Leamon said the county is applying for a $307,289 Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Grant to help fund the project.

Both items will be up for approval the commission's March 16 meeting.

For complete details, see tomorrow's Times Free Press.