County funds study for use of old jail

NORWICH - County leaders opted to pay the lowest of four architectural firm bids received in order to get guidance on what to do with the old jail on West Park Place.

Ithaca-based John Snyder Architects’ bid of $7,475 was more than four times lower than the highest bid received. The average bid was about $27,500. After reviewing all the specifications, Agriculture, Buildings and Grounds Chairman Robert D. Briggs said he found no difference in the scope of work proposed by the lowest bidder despite the large cost discrepancy.

The architectural firm will complete four design concepts for the facility and provide cost estimates for two of them. Town of Preston Supervisor Peter C. Flanagan questioned whether the committee should decide what designs they want to pursue first, whether for office space, storage, etc.

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