CLINTON — Work continues on the Clinton County Law Center with a targeted date of completion of next summer.
Clinton County residents in May 2016 passed a $22 million bond referendum for a new law center. The law center will feature a jail, sheriff's office, 911 communications center and Emergency Management Agency Office. The estimated time frame for the project was 18 months to two years for completion.
Clinton County Facilities Manager Corey Johnson said the building should be completed in the end of February or first part of March. Johnson believes the demolition of the current facility is expected to start in late April. The old jail and existing parking lot will all come out and the area will become a new parking lot. He believes that portion of the work will be completed in June or July. The Clinton County Maintenance Department will complete landscaping in house after the law center is complete. The original target date for completion of the facility was December 2018.
"The building is going to be completed in a couple of different stages," Johnson said. "The jail part will be completed earlier than that so the sheriff can start training late February. There still will be some work going on up in the office areas that that time. Tentatively planning on moving in the first part of April once the sheriff (Clinton County Sheriff Rick Lincoln) feels he's had enough training and the state jail inspector is here to give us the blessing to move in."
Johnson said that as of Aug. 17, three quarters of the second floor was poured, with one more pour on the second floor. Johnson said once the second floor pouring is completed, exterior block walls will go up to the roofline and then framing will go on the roof. The construction at that time will be to the point where 85 percent of the roof will be put on the building. The only spot not ready at that time to put on the roof is the front area of the facility. Johnson said the county is hoping to have everything enclosed with roofing by middle to late November.
Clinton County Sheriff's Office officials are considering having a soft opening for the law center facility prior to the inmates moving in. The soft opening would be open to community members. Clinton County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Steve Diesch said the plan is to have a tour and the option to stay at the law center facility for a night.
"We will give a tour and let those who would like to spend a night in a cell," Diesch said. "We won't lock the door. We thought it would be a good week for people to see the facility and to practice on the general public."
Diesch anticipates they will look for community members for the soft opening of the facility starting early 2019.