USDA may be jail funding source

Published 5:15 pm Wednesday, February 26, 2014

During its special meeting today to consider awarding contracts related to building a new jail, the Beaufort County Board of Commissioners is expected to talk about seeking funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help for the new facility.

Awarding the contracts does not obligate the county to build a new jail.

The board’s tentative agenda for the meeting calls for the first item of business to be an update on county officials’ meetings and conversations with USDA representatives on USDA’s evaluation of the county’s process (so far) to possibly build a new jail. During the board’s last meeting, county staff members were instructed to proceed with completing preliminary paperwork associated with possibly seeking USDA funds for the jail project. The county is looking for feedback from USDA regarding how it should proceed if the county decides to formally seek USDA funding for a new jail.

The USDA funding would be in the form of a low-interest loan to be paid back over 30 years or so. Similar USDA loans have been used to help pay for other major construction projects in the area, including Washington’s No. 2 fire station on West 15th Street.

The tentative agenda also includes an item (motion) tasking staff to complete and file a formal application for USDA loan funding.

The tentative agenda also sets aside time for discussion concerning awarding a contract to Mosely Architects to design a new jail for Beaufort County and a contract to MB Kahn for construction management for a new jail. Since Mosely and Kahn were recommended by the county’s jail committee earlier this year to provide those services, county staff members have been negotiating with the two companies.

The tentative agenda includes two suggested motions, one to approve a contract with Mosely and another to approve a contract with Kahn.


About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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