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April 16, 2021

3/2/2021 2:17:00 PM
Kiwanis Club of Dodgeville hears updates on Iowa County Law Enforcement Center
Members of the Kiwanis Club of Dodgeville learned in a recent presentation that the Iowa County Law Enforcement Center will be complete in approximately nine to 10 months time. Present at the meeting were Iowa County Sheriff Steve Michek, Iowa County Administrator Larry Bierke, and Dave Vandewater of Kramer Brothers.
The Iowa County Law Enforcement Center has been a major discussion starter for the last couple years, due to aired concerns on space, functionality and safety of the current law enforcement center that has been in Dodgeville since 1960.
When the Law Enforcement Center is complete, the facility will have 69 beds and will be a two story building.
"Even before the shovel, and the dirt was turned, there was a lot of work developed and designed for this facility," Michek said.
As stated before, the discussion on an updated law enforcement center has been occurring for quite some time. The current jail facility was initially constructed in 1960, with add-on taking place in 1990. The current building is 20,500 square feet: 11,800 reserved for the first floor, including the Jail and Sheriff's Department along with 8,250 square feet reserved for the basement floor.
According to the Iowa County website, Iowa County hired Venture Architects in 2016 to complete a space needs study looking at the existing jail and law enforcement center. In August of 2017, the Iowa County Board approved a resolution establishing a Jail Building Committee that is responsible for reviewing the existing jail facility and employee working conditions to craft a plan for a new Law Enforcement Center.
In April of 2018, the Jail Building Committee toured Law Enforcement Centers in Vernon, Sauk, and Juneau counties along with a virtual tour of Pierce County.
The Iowa County Board voted in December of 2018 to hire Potter Lawson as the Architect and in February 2019 to hire Kramer Brothers as the Construction Manager for the new Iowa County Law Enforcement Center Project....
(See the rest of this story in the February 25, 2021 Chronicle issue)

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