Shenandoah County taxpayers can expect to cover some of the cost to furnish the future home of the Sheriff’s Office.
The county issued a request for proposals Nov. 6 from companies to supply furniture and fixtures for the new Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Communications Department facility under construction. The county will accept proposals until 2 p.m. Friday.
County Administrator Evan Vass said by email Monday that he expects the process to accept a proposal to take about a month.
The new $8,781,912 public safety building is being paid for through county loan proceeds, money acquired by the Sheriff’s Office identified in the Circuit Court as “eight bank accounts, and asset forfeiture funds the department received through its work with federal law enforcement agencies.
The county expects Lantz Construction of Winchester to complete construction on the 33,000-square-foot building next summer.
The county is seeking vendors who would offer furniture “in good condition” and of the approximate amounts and types as listed in the request for proposals.
The request indicates that the facility would need 320 chairs and other types of seating, 120 tables and cubicles, 125 filing cabinets and 45 shelving units.
“The County will consider used, reconditioned, overstock, and similar furniture options in addition to new furniture,” the request states.
The request goes on to note that the building and its functions operate 24-7.
“The use of office furniture is unique to public safety functions,” the request states. “The selected vendor should be aware and capable of demonstrating a product that can meet the rigorous demands of (a) 24/7 public safety facility.
“The County desires to consider the option of outfitting the building with repurposed furniture acquired for this setting,” the request adds. “It is the desire of the County to only purchase high quality, repurposed, ‘like new’ furniture."