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Commissioners approve $11,000 alteration for jail

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Carroll County commissioners approved yesterday an $11,000 alteration at the county jail but tabled a request for $4,200 to put a concrete floor in a storage building at the fire training center in Westminster.

The commissioners agreed to the alteration of the jail's sally port, its truck delivery entrance, after listening to an explanation from Tom Rio, chief of building construction within the county's Department of Permits, Inspections and Review.

Rio said some low-riding trucks bringing food and other products to the Carroll County Detention Center in Westminster have become stuck on the entrance threshold because the grade level there is too high.

A slab of concrete -- about 29 feet by 13 feet -- must be lowered by 5 inches to prevent further problems, he said.

The lowest bid for the project was $11,000, Rio said.

CJF Inc., the contractor who built the sally port, would be responsible for a yet-to-be-determined portion of that grading and paving, said Ralph Green, director of the permitting department.

"We've asked the contractor to pay the costs of the exterior changes, and the county will pick up the cost of the work done inside the sally port," he said.

The commissioners tabled a request for a concrete floor from fire officials. However, the commissioners said they would consider paying for the materials for the project, if volunteers do the labor.

Fire officials want to cover the existing gravel floor in a storage building -- about 30 by 56 feet -- with a 6-inch slab of concrete, Green said.

Commissioner Donald I. Dell questioned paying the full cost, calling the request more of a "convenience than a need."

Carroll County Firemen's Association wants to park its Family Fire Safety House in that building, said Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge, who favored moving forward with the project.

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