It was a small step, but a move forward nonetheless. The Colusa County Board of Supervisors voted to approve two potential contractors for the new jail project on Aug. 8. The sheriff’s department interviewed three companies interested in taking on the project; two made it to the next step.

The sheriff’s department asked the supervisors to approve Roebbelen Contracting Inc and Clark & Sullivan Construction as the final two candidates.

“We’ve completed another step that will hopefully work toward the construction of the jail,” said Assistant Sheriff Jim Saso. “We evaluated submissions and went through the interview process to see who would be best for the county.”

However, before they made a ruling, the supervisors wanted to ensure the sheriff’s department was satisfied with the candidates.

“Are you happy with the respondents in general?” said Supervisor Kim Vann. “I thought you’d receive more bids.”

Other supervisors suggested waiting longer to find the right contractor if the sheriff’s department wasn’t completely satisfied with these two, but Saso seemed optimistic about the candidates.

“We were expecting more, but with all the different projects around the state it’s really not surprising,” Saso said. “From what we’ve seen so far, both of these companies look like good choices. We’ll continue the process until we narrow it down.”

The supervisors voted unanimously to approve the advancement of the two contractors.

Colusa County’s jail is over 50 years old, and not large enough to accommodate all the inmate services mandated by the state. The new facility will provide spaces for inmates to receive medical and dental treatment, in addition to life skill classes.

The sheriff’s department is hoping to begin construction on the new jail in 2018, so the facility will be ready in 2020.

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