A new possibility for the site of the new Pulaski County Justice Center was proposed at Monday's County Commission meeting
The County Commission and the Pulaski County Justice Center task force, a group of citizens, as well as members of the Sheriff's Department and Prosecuting Attorney's Office tasked with making recommendations to the County Commission about the building of the new jail, have a new proposal to consider, after Monday morning's County Commission meeting.
Mark Cortesini of RAMCOR presented a proposal for a land swap to the County Commission in an attempt to save the old middle school from possible demolition to make way for a new jail. Cortesini told commissioners that he and his wife, Ronda Cortesini, would like to trade the commission "acre for acre" their land, located at the end of Dyer Street, for the old middle school building and grounds.
Cortesini said he intends to turn the old middle school building over to "Tigertown Community Center," a church supported proposal, to become a nonprofit, if his proposal is accepted.
Cortesini told commissioners that he had 20 acres available, if the county should want more than the "acre for acre" swap, he would clear the land as part of the deal, and the deal could be done at "no cost to the county."
There are "no hills to cut" and the land is "flat as this desk," Cortesini said indicating the large table the commission uses.
County Clerk Brent Bassett asked Coretesini if the "school had some issue" with the land, such as a "sinkhole."
"The only hole that's on that land is right there (indicating a point on a map), that's the hole, and there's a 300 by 175 by 85 foot tall mound of dirt there that the school system will allocate to build this part of the road. All of this needs to be negotiated and talked about," Cortesini said.
Bassett asked if the road was "going to be put in either way" and Cortesini said he would like to have it by March or April, but that the trees were going to be cleared at the end of February.
Presiding Commissioner Gene Newkirk asked if the sewer would be county or city and Cortesini said he believed it would be county and the land does sit in the county, not the city limits.
The commission told Cortesini he would need to discuss the land swap as well as another proposal by Cortesini given before the land proposal with the task force.
The first proposal was Cortesini offering his services and experience for oversight and management of the jail building project. Cortesini told the commission, that as the owners of the project, they have "the right to pick a person," while the architect usually appoints a person.
Cortesini informed the commission that project oversight often runs upwards of $80,000 or more, but he would be willing to do it for a flat fee of $65,000.
"I'm local, I'm here. It would serve the constituents of our county... Hopefully you would see that I could be of benefit to the constituents of the county," Cortesini said.
Cortesini said he would be attending the open meeting of the task force in the law library at the courthouse at 5:30 p.m. Monday evening.