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Kewaunee County finds new partner for potential jail

Kewaunee County is going back to the drawing board for a new jail and hopes a new partner will save you money in the long run. After working with Venture Architects and The Samuels Group on the county’s previous jail plan iteration, the Kewaunee County Board will vote on working with Midwest Construction Consultants from Iowa to develop a viable, but more cost-effect facility. Plans on a new jail were halted last month when the county board decided to not exceed their original budget of around $25 million. Bids for the project came in well above that mark at approximately $33.2 million. Kewaunee County Chairperson Dan Olson is hopeful Midwest Construction Consultants will offer new ideas that will cost the taxpayers less money.

Olson will also chair the newly formed Jail Strategy Committee, which will also include John Mastalir, Gary Paape, Tom Romdenne, and Aaron Augustian. The board will also receive an update from Bug Tussel and vote to approve a pay increase for its future city administrator when they meet on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Kewaunee County Administration Building.

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