Architect

Jackson County Board of Supervisors Jan. 2 chose Rick Weidner as the architect for a possible new Jackson County jail.

Weidner has often worked with John Hansen of Midwest Construction Consultants, who will be overseeing the design.

Weidner will be a “good fit” and seems to work well with Hansen, said Supervisor Mike Steines.

Weidner plans to come to Jackson County Jan. 9 to meet with officials and tour potential locations. Several potential locations for a new jail are still in consideration, including possibilities near the current location and land near Wal-Mart on which the county retains an option to buy.

Weidner will charge $9,000 for a site plan, floor plan and elevations. If the bond vote passes, his “phase two” cost would be 6.7 percent of construction costs.

In August, a bond referendum for a new jail designed by Des Moines architects Shive-Hattery failed to gain the 60 percent approval needed to pass.

After the failed bond referendum, the jail advisory committee went back to the drawing board as they tried to determine what might gain future voters’ approval. That process resulted in touring other county facilities, exploring additional locations and settling on Midwest Construction Consultants and Weidner.

Another bond referendum vote has not been set, though it most likely will take place in May or August, officials said last week.