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Crews clear way for construction of new regional jail

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Warren County Administrator Douglas P. Stanley stands outside the 28-acre site of the future regional jail on Friday as site work progresses. Rich Cooley/Daily

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Work progresses at the site of the future regional jail. Rich Cooley/Daily

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Warren County Administrator Douglas P. Stanley stands inside a mock jail cell that was on display at the new regional jail site off Winchester Road in Front Royal on Friday. Rich Cooley/Daily

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Workers are clearing trees and rocks from the future site of the new regional jail, which is expected to be completed by July 1, 2014. Rich Cooley/Daily


By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

FRONT ROYAL -- Work on the valley's next regional jail progresses as crews clear trees and rock from the site.

The Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail under construction on U.S. 522 is scheduled for completion in spring 2014, according to Mike Stanger, project superintendent with Howard Shockey & Sons Inc. Approximately 50 workers from several firms are on the job site, but Stanger explained that number would grow to about 300 at the peak of construction. Signs along U.S. 522 alert motorists to the current blasting operations on the site.

The multimillion project includes the construction a 270,000-square-foot jail on the 28-acre site. The facility is designed to house 375 inmates, but space on the site remains available for future jail expansion. The main entrance to the facility will be on U.S. 52, but plans also call for the construction of a 1,900-foot connector route from Fairgrounds Road to the rear of the jail.

Since June 1 construction crews have installed the erosion and sediment control system on the site, the main electrical duct bank and they continue to clear brush and trees from the property. Much of the site contained scrub pine trees and other vegetation, according to project manager Alex Lane. Workers continue to drill and blast through rock formations on the site, the presence of which do not come as a surprise given the prevalence of karst soil in the valley, Stanger explained.

"Well, you always have opportunities on a site, OK, and these opportunities are conquered by communication and thorough planning with a team approach," Stanger said.

Should workers hit a sinkhole -- a soft place inside a rock formation -- the contractor would contact the design team and the structural engineer with Moseley Architects of Richmond, according to Stanger. Experts with the architectural firm then would determine how the contractor would resolve the issue, which could involve the removal of the soft material and replacement with structural fill, Stanger explained.

Shockey serves as contractor on the project and currently has three superintendents on site. The Winchester-based firm is joined on the project by workers with site contractor Laurita, PRK Drilling & Blasting, P.J. Casanave, Trumbo Electric and Colonial Webb.

Stanger stressed that Shockey is "employing local people." People seeking jobs related to the project should visit the offices of the firms involved and not come to the construction site.




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Pay attention especially to this paragraph:

"Should workers hit a sinkhole -- a soft place inside a rock formation -- the contractor would contact the design team and the structural engineer with Moseley Architects of Richmond, according to Stanger. Experts with the architectural firm then would determine how the contractor would resolve the issue, which could involve the removal of the soft material and replacement with structural fill, Stanger explained.

How convenient for the Regional Jail Authority that Shockey contact Moseley Architects and Moseley will determine how to handle the problem. Therefore, Moseley can bill the authority instead of adding to the contractor's cost. What a trick play on the part of the authority, huh? Construction costs stay the same architect fees continue to increase. What a deal we are getting? Please let me know if you agree.

The individual county boards and taxpayers have no control over the cost of this project. This fact has been debated from day one and Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors said, "we know what's best for you (taxpayers) and we will make the decisions".

If you taxes are increasing now, just want until we get the final bill/cost of the regional jail!

My email is cbailey2@shentel.net, please email your thoughts, and comments. And if you would like to see all of the Shenandoah County BOS members changed, please email your information and lets get started today. We can and will make a positive difference.

RED FLAGS AND SHENANDOAH COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS (BOS):

SO DOES THE RSW REGIONAL JAIL AUTHORITY KNOW THE TOTAL COST OF THE PROJECT YET?


DID SHENANDOAH COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISOR CHAIRMAN HELSLEY AND COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR WALKER GET APPROVAL FROM THE REST OF THE SHENANDOAH COUNTY BOARD MEMBERS TO VOTE “YES” REGARDING THE RESOLUTION TO LOOK INTO SUING SHENANDOAH COUNTY CITIZENS FOR SPEAKING OUT AGAINST THE RSW REGIONAL JAIL PROJECT?

WHY DID CHAIRMAN HELSLEY ASK SHENANDOAH COUNTY ATTORNEY MR. LITTEN TO LOOK INTO SUING CITIZENS WHEN THE RSW AUTHORITY DIRECTED THEIR ATTORNEY MR. HEFTY TO PERFORM THE SAME TASK?

WHY ARE THE SHENANDOAH COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS NOT CALLING FOR A VOTE TO CONTINUE WITH THE PROJECT AFTER FINDING OUT WE ARE NOT GOING TO RECEIVE 50% FUNDING FROM THE STATE FOR THE RSW REGIONAL JAIL PROJECT?

We know they will all vote to continue with the project, but they are afraid. They know that a majority of citizens in Shenandoah County do not want to participate in the regional jail. Therefore, if they have a public meeting and vote to continue with the project as required by the authority agreement, “we the people” would be calling, emailing and showing up at that meeting to tell them to vote to withdraw!
Chairman Helsley, call for a vote, don’t be a coward, do your job.

I am one of the protesters and want the readers to ask some questions. The bonds that were pulled from the pool was at the request of the VRA. What if the interest rate would have gone down the same percentage that it would have gone up? Would we be the recipients of the windfall? Doubt it….. Why didn’t the RSW jail authority wait until the next pool which is this month to try to obtain a better rate instead of demanding a stand alone sale? They want to break ground so the jail can’t be stopped.
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> One of the most important aspects of this issue is the type of bonds that were issued! They were Moral Obligation bonds which stand at about a 4% interest rate where the General Obligation bond is at about 2 % so ½ the interest rate or $30 to $34 million dollars saved. They are using moral obligation bonds because there is currently a loophole in the system which is allowing Authority’s to build and spend without going to the people to vote. We are going to attempt to close this loophole. Moral Bonds don’t have the full guaranteed of the State of Virginia and are not binding. General Obligation Bonds have the vote of the people who are taxed for the building or project voted on and are backed by the State. The Board of Supervisors are spending an extra $34 million of our tax dollars to build this jail that they say that we want. Why not put it to the vote and spend the extra 34 million somewhere it is needed like the schools, senior citizens, the handicaped and veterans.
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> The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors have entered into an agreement with the VRA for a lease purchase agreement and again bypassed the requirement of the Constitutional referendum. The bonds were purchased by the VRA and the Shenandoah County BOS will pay the exact payment that the bond issuance cost until the bonds are paid back then the title will go to the County. What a scam! We are again talking about Moral Authority Bonds at twice the interest rate and no VOTE! Time to remove the entire Shenandoah County BOS.
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I have an idea that would save time & money, and be a deterrant to the criminals. How about putting up the fence with razor wire, throwing up some tents with cots, make a set of dorm showers (like at a campground), bring in some johnny-blues and call that the new jail! To hell with ac, tv, cable, internet, and all of the comforts of home. (If they want the comforts of home, they shouldn't commit crimes). Build a tent city jail like they have in Arizona.
When do the board of supervisors come up for re-election, anyway?

Let's all take a knee. Prince Mark and Retired Bailey have spoken.....................who's the puppet, who's the puppeteer?

I keep seeing "a jail the majority don't want" in these comments. Where are the results of your study? I'm talking independent study, not just "well, everybody I talk to says" kind of thing.

Could you point me to the independent study that showed building the regional jail was needed and was the best and most cost efficient option for our area? I've tried to find this information so that I can form my own opinion. The only study I could find was by a student and it conlcuded that the costs per immate would be substantially higher than what the localities currently pay.

You people must be asleep at the wheel in shenandoah county. We in Warren county get all the revenue from the jail, paid our buddies for the land and we are told that our taxes will not be increased even with the state reduction. I heard no.complains from Page or Rap. Either we are all being mislead on the truth or you guys are a bunch of after the fact winers. By the way in regards to your law suit, they are moving fast on the construction as we speak. Again thanks everybody in the other counties for all the help and financial support.

If justice prevails, a lot of the officials who worked so hard to get this jail built might wind up in it.

If my memory serves me correctly, many of the citizens of Shenandoah County were up in arms when a possible jail site was proposed in their county. Then the site moved to Warren County and everyone was happy. Now everyone is up in arms again over the cost. Complainers change their complaints, but they never reduce the amount of time spent in complaining.

This concocted flap by Mark Prince and Cindy Bailey about the regional jail has all the drama of a Wide World of Wrestling tag team bout. It is exactly this type of tea party histrionics that raise doubts about the GOP’s effectiveness to govern. The dark, sick thinking of the looney right wing of the Republican Tea Party Tin Foil Hat Marching Band needs absolutely no facts to concoct the most outrageous statements imaginable. Put elected politicians in the new regional jail for disagreeing with Mark Prince and Cindy Baily? ABSOLUTELY!!

The wisdom of ignorant crowds is usually wrong. Ignorant people are systematically too confident. They put too much weight on information they liked and too little on data that contradicted their assumptions. The only good alternative to a few flawed opinions is a vast number of flawed opinions. The biases often cancel one another out because the legitimate information rose to the surface.

Rolled nasal mucus is what's holding the Tea Party together and the Tea Party is the tent pole holding up Republican extremism. Both are dying a long painful lingering death.

Good riddance, I say.

The headline should read "Counties still spending money like drunken sailors".



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