Published in the Iola Register on Dec. 5, 2013.

Work continues on Cloud County Law Enforcement Center

By Jessica LeDuc
Blade staff writer

 Work continues on the Cloud County Law Enforcement Center as the December 20 deadline nears. Hans Hansen, principal with Zahner-Hansen had little progress to report to County Commissioners at Wednesday afternoon's owners' meeting.
 Last month, Tom Wierenga, superintendent with Zahner-Hansen, told Commissioners he planned to be finished with the project on Dec. 20. It was originally scheduled for completion in September.
 Hansen said Wednesday that electrical work is still behind schedule, but more electricians are on site to finish the work. He said an employee of Accurate Controls, which will eventually install the security system, is now on site.
 "We've brought Accurate Controls on and have one employee here to ensure the electrical work is being installed correctly," Hansen said. "It's a preventative measure so that when Accurate starts, they're able to do their job without any delays."
 Hansen said Branson Electric will be coming in to work with Hot Wire, the principal electrician on the project, to help finish up the non-security related electrical work.
 Hansen said he had not been on the job site for two weeks, and Wierenga had fallen on the ice earlier in the day, and was not able to work.
 "As far as completion dates and all of that, we're going to have a defined date that we're going to hit next week," Hansen said. "There won't be anymore gray. If we need to add any more electricians, we'll do that because we need to get out of here and you guys need to get in here. I'm committed to that."
 The last construction schedule provided to Commissioners in November indicated the plan was to have architects' inspections Nov. 25 and 26 and Dec. 9. December 9 was also the day the office area of the building was to be ready for occupancy by the Sheriff's Department. The end of November and beginning of December were to be scheduled as training days on the security equipment for sheriff's officers. Sheriff Brian Marks said at Wednesday's meeting, he is planning those training sessions for Dec. 17 and 18.
 The next owner's meeting is scheduled for Tues., Dec. 17 at 10 a.m.