Franklin County will pay Brentwood-based Chiodini Associates $50,000 to conduct a jail study to determine future expansion or replacement options.
Chiodini was selected from three firms that submitted qualifications for the project and all three county commissioners are confident with the safety committee’s selection.
Chiodini Associates is a midsize architectural firm founded as a corporation in 1974 by Louis G. Chiodini.
“We can’t stress enough how important this is to the citizens of the county,” First District Commissioner Tim Brinker said. “Especially with the future expansion and enhancement of 911. It is one of the most important things we have on our plate.”
Presiding Commissioner John Griesheimer said Chiodini was selected in part because of its reputation with jail and public safety centers, and history of performing feasibility studies on similar facilities.
“They will look at the sheriff’s building and determine if it is adequate for renovation or replacement,” Griesheimer said. “They have done other jail studies and have worked in the county before on Our Lady of Lourdes Church.”
Second District Commissioner Dave Hinson said he is most interested in how 911 upgrades will affect the study and looks forward to the results.
“I’m interested to see what they bring back to us and how in-depth they get with the process,” Hinson said. “Unfortunately, the jail has growth and this will determine if renovations and additions will work, or if we have to go with an all new facility.”
The selection committee is comprised of the county commissioners, County Counselor Mark Vincent, County EMA Director Abe Cook, EMA field operations officer Aaron Aitch, Sheriff Steve Pelton and jail Superintendent Capt. Dave Boehm. They are being advised by Todd Sweeney with Navigate Building…