Warren County is rushing to make its June 1 completion date for building a morgue.
According to Warren County EMS director Brian Jennings, during a Safety Committee meeting Monday, specifications for the project were finalized and bid packages are currently being accepted.
“The bids were let out today,” said Jennings.
Bids will be accepted for two weeks. Once the window for submission closes, the bid packages will be reviewed by Financial Management Committee members. The company awarded the contract will be sent to the full Warren County Commission for its consideration and approval.
Jennings says he is unsure how long bids are normally accepted but two weeks was set due to the urgency. A date of June 1 was set as the goal because River Park Hospital will stop taking the county’s deceased as of July 1. That gives the county some margin for error.
Commissioner Carl D. Bouldin asked, “They wanted to get started this month, didn’t they?”
“I was thinking we gave Building and Ground approval for this two months ago to go ahead and put this out for bid if I’m not mistaken,” said Commissioner Teddy Boyd.
The delay was caused by making sure Upland Design Group, architect over the project, had all the specs it needed to generate the bid documents, as well as making sure the building is ADA compliant and code compliant, says Jennings.
The plans for the facility itself have varied little since the original conception: A building roughly 25 feet by 25 feet, a 10x12 walk-in cooler that will hold four bodies, a two-person cooler donated by the hospital, an 8x8 office for medical examiner recordkeeping, a restroom that meets ADA standards, and an 8x10 lobby.
The County Commission approved a plan to spend up to $143,500.
Until the bids are received, the actual cost will not be known.
Also at the meeting were Commissioners Randy England, Ron Lee, and Charles Morgan.