As it is now, in order for female inmates at the Butler County Detention Facility to get their required exercise, they have to use the men’s recreational yard.
In February, Director of Facilities Management Dan Ingalls asked the Butler County Commissioners for permission to seek bids to construct a recreational yard next to where the female inmates are housed.
Since the area where the females are was not designed as a living area, no recreational yard was constructed for it, so all of the male inmates have to be locked down while the female inmates walk through the facility to get to the recreational yard.
During Tuesday’s meeting, three bids for the project were received and opened by the commissioners.
After the bids were evaluated by Ingalls and members of the Sheriff’s Department, the commissioners approved the recommended selection of Schuetz Construction of Leon, which submitted the low bid of $8,388.
The recreational yard will feature a 30-foot by 43-foot slab of four-inch concrete that will be able to accommodate the detention facility’s average of 20 to 30 female inmates.
In other business, the commissioners:
• approved the appointment of Rosemarie Koszak to fill the unexpired term for District 5 for the Board of Directors of Flinthills Services, Inc.
• received Treasurer Ruth Fechter, who gave the quarterly investment of idle funds report.
• held a work session to discuss the county’s capital improvement plan.
• received and opened bids for materials for two concrete box culvert projects on 150th Street near Prairie Creek and Mulberry.
• authorized a zoning application for the Butler County Landfill. Right now, the property the landfill sits on has three different zoning permits. Public Works Director Darryl Lutz would like to bring the entire property under one zoning classification. The commissioners gave their permission for him to seek this change.
• accepted the resignation of Alphia Behler, treasurer of Pleasant Township, and appointed Sharon Gash to fill the position.
• received road and bridge project updates from Lutz.