Contractors submitted their bids to build the Hamblen County Justice Center/Jail Project and Blaine Construction Corporation out of Knoxville submitted the low, base bid of $86,692,750 for the project.

That figure does not include finishing out the third story of jail, which would bring the total cost to $92.2 million dollars.

“We need to make a list, of the pros and cons of delaying or moving forward,” Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain said. “We need to evaluate those options and make a decision.”

Brittain said county officials, the project architects and managers were all disappointed to read the continued high cost of the bids, which came in roughly 4% over the bids that were submitted by the pre-qualified contractors in April.

Brittain said he did not see any pros in delaying the project, but that the project could be redesigned and the scope scaled down for a building that would not be able to serve the county for the next 50 years.

The bids will be discussed and Moseley Architects will make a presentation at the next Hamblen County Commission meeting on October 21 at 5 p.m.