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A Franklin County Jail expansion project employee tested positive for COVID-19, was quarantined away from work for 17 days and has recovered.

Construction Manager Matthew Bobo, with SEC Contractors, said the impact on the construction schedule was minimal, but a series of change orders have pushed the expected completion time for the project to year’s end.

Bobo addressed the County Commission at its July 20 meeting and said the COVID-19 case was isolated and the spread was contained.

He recently updated the Finance Committee about where the $16.836 million jail expansion project stands.

Nearly $300,000 in recent change orders to the project has prompted Mayor David Alexander to have the county government consider taking legal action against those who are responsible for the discrepancies.

Bobo provided a list that included $64,350 in additional door wiring to accommodate locks that was not included in the project’s plans.

The total change order amount for contractor Stanley Convergent Security Solutions totals $138,730, including the additional door wiring request, a $65,000 contract extension, $2,870 for two cameras in as many dayrooms, $870 to relocate two cameras in other dayrooms, $1,300 for relocating two detoxification and isolation cameras, $380 to relocate another dayroom camera and $3,960 to add four intercom devices.

The full change order request, totaling $293,168.43, also includes $46,117 in labor and material to reinstall an electrical security fire alarm system and adding strobe and beacon devices, $6,565 in barbed wire and sliding gate upgrades, a $16,843 contract extension for Lovell’s Masonry, and $84,913.42 to Lee Adcock Construction Co. to install framing, do drywall and floor work and make structural steel additions.

Alexander asked Bobo if he has been keeping a file on all the change orders in case the county proceeds with legal action, and Bobo confirmed he has.

Alexander explained later what his future plans are.

“We’re going to wait until it’s finished, and when we know what the final cost is, we’ll take a good hard look at all the options, including lawsuits,” he said.