Published in the Iola Register on Dec. 17, 2013.

Jail project has new completion date

 The Cloud County Law Enforcement Center project has a new construction superintendent and a new completion date of Jan. 31, 2014.
 Hans Hansen, principal with Zahner Hansen Construction Group Inc., introduced Jody Cotton as the new construction superintendent at Tuesday morning's ownership meeting. Cotton, who previously worked for 19 years for J.E. Dunn Construction Group in Kansas City, recently oversaw the construction for Zahner Hansen of the new Harrisonville Police Department in Harrisonville, Mo. Cotton replaces Tom Wierenga, who had been the superintendent on the project for the last 15 months.
 In August 2012, Zahner Hansen of Brentwood, Tenn., was awarded the bid on the Cloud County Law Enforcement Center project, with a groundbreaking ceremony held a month later. September 17 was the originally contracted substantial completion date for the project, but a number of issues, including an electrical subcontractor who briefly walked off the job, have resulted in numerous delays. Contractually, no penalties will be imposed on the contractors by the Cloud County Commission.
 "We have brought in four electricians from Accurate Electric in Salina, Kan.," Cotton said. "They will assist Hot Wire Electric in completing the project."
Hansen said it will also be good for Cloud County to have a local electrical contractor like Accurate involved, to have someone nearby to be familiar with the new electrical system in the jail.
 "The plan is to have this completed by the end of January," Cotton told KNCK News. "We plan to push as hard as we can and be ahead of that date, so the owner has the opportunity to move in."
 The next ownership meeting is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 6, at 3 p.m. at the construction site.

Reporting provided by Toby Nosker of KNCK.