County chooses jail team

Midland County is another step toward building a new jail.

The county's Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved creating a team to negotiate with the jail architectural firm. The team was approved 6 to 1; Commissioner Tom Neuenfeldt voted no.

The team is made up Chairman Roland Weaver or his representative; Commissioner Jim Bradley, law enforcement and judiciary committee, or his representative; Administrator/Controller David Benda; and county legal counsel L. William Smith.

They will negotiate building terms, including size and cost, with Tower Pinkster Titus and Associates, the first team chosen by county officials. Weaver said if the county is unable to negotiate good terms with that firm, the team next will work with Dow-Howell-Gilmore Associates.

Weaver did not know when negotiations will start or how long they will take.