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Proposals sought for area prison

The Perry County Commission is advertising for bids to design, build and finance an adult correctional and educational center in the county. The women’s facility will be located outside of Uniontown. The facility will be run by a private company.

A potential developer must provide a site no less than 18 acres for the facility which is expected to house 500 beds.

The request for proposals was approved by the commission in Tuesday’s meeting. The bids will be accepted March 15.

The commission will open the bids at its March 23 meeting.

Commissioner Albert Turner Jr. said he is hopeful the project will provide some 200 jobs for residents in Perry County.

In other action from Tuesday’s commission meeting, Lori Poole was introduced as the new assistant county engineer. A native of Tuscaloosa, she began work on Feb. 17. The commission approved $801 for a computer for her to use.

Funding was also approved to be used for wiring and upgrade to DSL Internet service in the county engineer’s office. The price for the work can be no more than $7,000.

Francis Ford, county healthcare director, announced that the hospital board had voted to purchase flu vaccine for county residents. The state will no longer pay for the vaccine, she said.

Turner said funds for the vaccine should come from the county indigent fund for the hospital.

A public shooting range is proposed for the existing county landfill, Turner said. “It will not be a county-owned range,” but the county will haul dirt to the landfill to construct the range.

The commission approved the renaming of Highway 45 to the Albert Turner Sr. Memorial Highway.