Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, May 30, 2001
County OKs $30 million RCDC expansion
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Wed., May 30, 2001 -- Reeves County Commissioners took the next step
towards construction of another major addition to the Reeves County
Detention Center on Tuesday, approving financing, architects and a
construction company for the project during their regular Commissioners
By a 3-1 vote, commissioners approved the construction of RCDC III, which
will be financed by Carlyle Capital Markets, Inc., with Lorraine Dailey,
with Dailey, Rabke and Gondeck, as the main architect on the project and
Carothers Construction, Inc. will be in charge of the construction phase
of the major project. The first two companies have both been involved with
the earlier RCDC expansion projects, while Carothers will handing construction
at the site for the first time.
Voting in favor of the project were Precinct 1 Commissioner Felipe Arredondo,
Precinct 2 Commissioner David Castillo and Precinct 3 Commissioner Herman
Tarin all voted for the expansion of the center and the construction, while
Precinct 4 Commissioner Hivi Rayos voting against.
Rayos said that he would like the commissioners court to wait for at least
a year before approving the additional construction, however, he was out-voted
and plans are to move forward on the construction.
Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo told the group that professional
services contracts should be made based on the quality of service and not
the price, in introducing Dailey, who was the architect for RCDC II.
Dailey reviewed the presentation she made to commissioners during a meeting
last month. "At the last meeting we had said we would take RCDC III to the
50% document phase, but we have actually gone further than that," said Dailey.
She told the group that her firm was prepared to go forward with RCDC
III, which will expand the prison's capacity to just under 3,000 inmates.
Plans are that the construction on the new addition will begin in August
and be completed by 2002.
"We will be using the same contract we have used in the past," said Dailey.
Total estimated cost for the construction has been set at roughly $30
million and will generate additional 200 new jobs, with an average salary
of $26,000-$28,000, according to Galindo.
"If we break ground in August, the construction will be completed in 2002,"
said Dailey. "It will take about 15 months to be completed," she said.
Dailey said that they have received approval on the schematic design from
Texas Jail Commission, T.J.C. "The documents were given a good review," said
Dailey. "A very good review."
The next step will be to get into more complicated issues, such as life
issues, said Dailey.
Commissioners discussed the quality control issues and were assured by
Sean Carothers, the president of Carothers Construction, Inc. that the company
would handle those issues. The most recent 1,000 bed expansion at the RCDC
was originally scheduled to be ready by Sept. 5, 2000, but was not completed
until early this year by contractor Banes General Construction, delaying
the arrival of U.S. Bureau of Prisons inmates the county had agreed to house
under a contract with the BOP.
Carothers told the group that three people would be living in Pecos, while
the construction on the project was ongoing. "All of these individuals are
very experienced, used to traveling and living at the place where the construction
is going on," he said.
Dailey also said that she would be on hand in Pecos two or three days
a week, while another architect would be here as well.
"I am committed to being here as the lead architect and have a very dedicated
architect that will come in as well," she said.
Galindo told the group that this was big news for the community. "This
is the step we want to take in terms of economic development," said Galindo.
"We want to bring in more jobs and more revenue into this community."
Commissioners expressed their concern that the project would not be finished
in a timely manner, but were assured by Carothers that it would.
Dailey said that the problem with RCDCII was that they didn't make the
construction manager responsible and that there was a big turnover in his
department, which made it difficult to complete the project in a timely manner.
"We worked very hard and diligently, once the project was started, we
worked with what we had, but Banes also made several commitments which they
didn't follow through on," said Dailey.
Dailey said they had learned a lot from the other project. "We've spent
a lot of time going over reports and everything and will use that information
for this new project," said Dailey.
Dailey said that Carothers had committed to getting this project done
Carothers told the group that they have four final phases of inspection.
"We'll have a good quality control staff on site and all these individuals
are very experienced," he said.
Carothers told the group that John Wood would be the construction manager,
Wes Williams project manager and Gary Lambert, would all be on hand throughout
the entire project.
In other business, commissioners tabled space saver and pivot files for
the county clerk's office and the Reeves County Sheriff's Office. "I'd like
to wait on these items, until we go through our budget workshops," said Galindo.
Galindo told County Clerk Diane Florez that this was a good step in the
right direction for her needs. "However, I would still like to wait until
then, to make a decision on the remodeling," said Galindo.
Part of the plans for the county clerks office are to separate the file
area from the outer offices. "We want to create a records room and an elections
room, with a reception area," said Florez.
City starts work at stopping leak on Jefferson St.
By LEIA HOLLAND
PECOS, Wed., May 30 2001 -- Local residents may have noticed a slight detour
next to the Pecos High School field house and tennis courts on Jackson
Town of Pecos City employees have been working on replacing water and
sewer lines in the 1300 block of Jackson Street for the past few days.
City water superintendent Octavio Garcia was unavailable this morning,
but water department employee Freddy Flores said that they are replacing
sewer and water pipes that have been leaking due to pressure from vehicles
driving over them.
"We're repairing the line because the water and sewer lines were messed
up," he said.
Flores said that the soil surrounding the pipes was loose making the ground
settle along with the pipes.
He said that made it very easy for the pipes to leak and caused a dip
in the north side of the street, next to the tennis court stands.
The city is replacing the current transit piping with the stronger PVC
piping, according to Flores.
He said that every time the pipes would leak the city would have to shut
off water to the high school, and just recently there was another leak that
shot water as high as the power lines.
The new piping will be placed higher than the current piping and the employees
will also raise the manhole on the north side of the street and pack dirt
tightly around both the pipes and manhole.
"That way we can raise the street," Flores said.
Flores said that the water line should be in place by today and once they
start on the sewer it should only take two to three days.
Once the new piping and manhole is placed, Flores said the final step
would be the asphalt work.
He said that once the asphalt work is finished the street should be level
Summer program for P-B-T meals starts next week
PECOS, Wed., May 30, 2001 -- The Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD announces the
sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program, which will get underway
The Summer Food Meal Program will be offered at Bessie Haynes Elementary
School beginning on June 4 and running through July 13. Hours for breakfast
will be from 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.,
Monday through Friday.
Any child 18 years of age or younger may participate. Cost to adults will
be $1.50 for breakfast and $3 for lunch.
People who are eligible to participate in the program must not be discriminated
against because of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion,
or political belief.
Anyone who believes that they have been discriminated against should write
immediately to: Director, Civil Rights Division, MC W-106, Texas Department
of Human Services, P.O. Box 149030, Austin, Tx. 78714-9030, or the Secretary
of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250. Note: Discrimination complaints based
on religion or political beliefs must be referred only to the Director, Civil
Rights Division, Texas Department of Human Services.
High Tuesday 101. Low this morning 58. Forecast for tonight: Partly
cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Low 60
to 65. Northeast wind 10 to 20 mph. Thursday: Morning low clouds. Becoming
partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms.
High in the upper 80s. Southeast wind 10 to 20 mph. Thursday night:
Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms.
Low in the lower 60s. Friday and Saturday: Partly cloudy with a slight
chance of showers or thunderstorms. Lows 60 to 65. Highs in the lower
to mid 90s.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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