Jail renovation nearly complete – The Edwardsville Intelligencer

Hillsboro rehab estimated at $3 million


EDWARDSVILLE — Work on the $14 million renovation of the Madison County Jail is about 91 percent complete, and should be finished according to schedule.

Interim Madison County Facilities Director Chris Milton gave an update at Tuesday’s Facilities Management Committee meeting. He said contractors will be finishing work on the jail’s “C” Block by the end of November and will then move on to “D” Block, the final major part of the renovation.

The project is expected to be completed by March 2021.

Committee Member Phil Chapman, R-Highland, also reported contractors reviewing the county’s Hillsboro Annex Building in Edwardsville estimate that complete renovation of the building would cost about $3 million, rather than $2 million previously estimated.

The cost of renovating that building has been closely tied to discussion about the county’s Wood River Facility. Members of the Facilities Committee have repeatedly expressed desires to get rid of that facility because the cost of repairs is too high. However, agencies now housed there would have to be relocated; one of the suggestions would be to use the Hillsboro Annex.

That building is in need of extensive improvements.

“Once we get all our ducks in a row, we’ll bring it to the committee,” said Committee Chair Mick Madison, R-Bethalto.

The committee also approved a resolution keeping the same holiday schedule for 2021 as the current year.

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