By Mark Waite
TONOPAH — Nye County commissioners Tuesday approved up to $700,000 for a modular building to house the information technology director and $850,000 for an addition to the “one stop shop” housing the planning, public works and building and safety departments.
The county will use leftover funds from the bonds to construct the new Pahrump jail.
PacVan, the company that assembled modular buildings for the county commissioners’ complex on the Calvada Eye and the addition housing the county treasurer, recorder and assessor’s office, will get the contract for the IT building.
The 3,415-square-foot building will include space for a server room, work room and office space. It would also house a dedicated backup generator and backup heating and air-conditioning unit.
The IT director’s office building was eliminated when the new jail was constructed, the new office will be attached to the Ian Deutch Government Complex, behind the sheriff’s department. There are five employees working in that department out of rented office space, County Commissioner Butch Borasky said the county will save $1,000 per month rent.
County Commissioner Frank Carbone wanted clarification the bonds couldn’t be used for anything else like road improvements, County Manager Pam Webster said a portion of the money could be used for debt service or other things.
County Commissioner Donna Cox asked why the county didn’t have to go out for bids. Webster said PacVan is already a vendor with the federal government’s General Services Administration, which doesn’t require a competitive bid.
“We can use them to go out with new modular buildings directly as we did with the commissioners’ chambers on Calvada,” Webster said.
Once the building is complete, computer servers in Tonopah would be brought to Pahrump. The modular building will have a stucco and stone exterior finish.
Commissioners also approved $850,000 to purchase a 60-foot by168-foot metal building from the Yucca Mountain project for $3,020 and place it at the Marilyn Gallivan Center at 250 N. Highway 160.
Webster said the old building left on Highway 160 will be available for sale. But she said it was acquired as treasurer’s trust property for non-payment of taxes. It can be sold after the county moves into the new building, he said.
Carbone asked about trying to save storage costs for the new planning/public works/building and safety department buildings. Webster said they would be disassembled and moved off the Yucca Mountain project site, at the same time the site plan and site preparation would be done to get the buildings placed as quickly as possible. The buildings would be stored on the Calvada Eye if the site isn’t ready, she said.
Commissioner Butch Borasky pledged it would be a project completed without a change order. He told Webster, “if you come back and ask me for more money something is going to happen and it’s not going to be pretty.”
“We considered all the requirements to move that building and as far as the requirements I do feel it’s adequate,” Webster said of the budget.
Nye County already approved up to $90,000 to remodel the old planning department offices. The Health and Human Services Department, veterans service office and community health nurse formerly used part of the building, until they moved to a new $783,356 building on the Calvada Eye.
The IT director’s office will be the second addition to the courthouse constructed in recent years. County commissioners in 2008 awarded a $4.295 million design-build contract to B&H Construction and JVC Architects to build an addition onto the courthouse to add two more courtrooms, additional space for the district attorney’s office and a sheriff’s department evidence locker room. That contractor asked for 22 change orders to complete the project that hiked the cost up to $4.9 million.
A $276,425 contract was approved to remodel the district courtrooms with Mountain Vista Development in August 2011.
The county issued $25.5 million in general obligation bonds to build the new Pahrump jail. C3 Corrections LLC was given a contract for 1.5 percent of the bond amount for project management and financial advisory services.
Swenseid and Stern was awarded a contract not to exceed $130,000 to serve as bond counsel. Morgan Keegan and Company was contracted for $30,000 as bond underwriter. JMA Architects got a $1.5 million contract to design the facility. Layton Construction was awarded a $16.6 million contract to construct the jail in 2011, it ended up costing $17.5 million after design changes and an impound yard were added.
The jail bonds were also used to pay $58,490 to buy two new buildings to relocate the buildings and grounds department which was displaced by the new jail construction and $151,074 to erect them behind the road department. The stucco work was a separate $17,500 contract and chain-link fencing another $17,785 job.