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Thursday, October 18, 2001

Work on city's new jail proceeding on schedule

Staff Writer
PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 18, 2001 --  Despite a few rainy and windy days construction on the new municipal law enforcement center is on schedule.

Craig Brown, project manager from Hale-Mills Construction, said that progress is being made as workers construct interior walls and drop hollow core planks in for the ceiling of the 98-bed jail facility.

"At this moment in time it is the best we can hope for," he said.

Brown said with the help of some excellent subcontractors and local government, construction is moving ahead.

"The local officials here have been very cooperative and very helpful," he said.

Total cost of the facility, located on Interstate 20 near Reeves County Hospital, has been estimated at $5.6 million including financing costs, Town of Pecos City Manager Carlos Yerena said earlier this year. Of that total, the U.S. Marshal's Service is paying $2.4 million to the city for construction of the facility, which will house Marshal's Service inmates awaiting trial in U.S. District Court in Pecos.

Brown explained that the perimeter of the facility is complete with brick masons, plumbers and electricians working inside.

"All kinds of things are going on here," he said.

Approximately 70 percent of the employees are from this area, according to Brown.

He said that the law enforcement center is about the fifth or sixth facility of this kind that he has personally worked on.

He said that most of the time this type of project he has worked on has gone smoothly but it continues to be challenging.

"It's not an easy process," he said. "It depends on the experience you have."

Brown said that this project has gone smoothly so far because of the experience of the "excellent subcontractors."

Of course having wonderful architects help in construction, according to Brown.

Brown said that the two architects working on this project are both women and are "some of the best in the business."

Deborah Williams is one of the architects, from Eversole-Williams Architects out of Argyle, near Dallas. She has been working with the city since this project has started.

Brown said that they have not had any problems with theft since construction started, which he credits to the abundance of police protection the site has received.

"We've received excellent security from the police," he said.

Pecos Police Chief Clay McKinney has also been working with the construction crew and visits the site on a regular basis, according to Brown.

Brown said that things are about to get busier in the near future once construction of a metal building, which will serve as the roof of the facility, gets finished.

"It'll start getting a lot busier," he said.

In approximately two to three weeks more people will start coming in to work on the interior, including the installation of the security doors and cameras.

Once construction is completed, Brown is confident that the people of Pecos would be proud of the facility.

"You're going to like it," he said.

Enchilada plan sale set by Church Friday

PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 18, 2001 --  Santa Rosa Church is holding an Enchilada Plate Sale will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Friday at Santa Rosa Hall.

Plates will be $3.50 and consist of three red or green enchiladas prepared with homemade tortillas, served with beans, rice and salad.

Deliveries of four plates or more will be made. For orders call 445-2302.

Crockett hosting parenting course

PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 18, 2001 --  Crockett Middle School eighth grade, invites all parents to a parenting skills class at 6 p.m., Monday in the school cafeteria.

The event will be presented by High Sky Children's Ranch.

"Anger Management" will be one of the topics to be discussed.

Boy Scouts selling Christmas popcorn

PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 18, 2001 --  Local Buffalo Trail Council Boy Scouts will be selling Christmas Popcorn packages until December 12. For more information call Yvonna Johnson at 447-4143.


PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 18, 2001 --  High Wed. 87. Low this morning 47. Forecast for tonight: Clear. Lows in the upper 40s. NE winds 10 to 20 mph. Fri.: Partly cloudy. Highs 75 to 80. East winds 5 to 15 mph. Fri. night: Mostly clear. Lows near 50. Sat.: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 80s. Sun.: Partly cloudy. Lows from the mid 40s to near 50. Highs from the upper 70s to the mid 80s.


Victorio Mendoza

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