BELL is excited to begin work on this project!

The bonds have been issued, and work is getting underway on a project to expand the Putnam County Jail.

Bell and Associates Construction has placed an ad in Wednesday’s Herald-Citizen, requesting bids for “Demolition and Abatement for the first phase of the Putnam County Justice Center Expansion and Renovation.”

According to the ad, the work consists of demolishing houses located on the site of the new future parking lot, including abatement of any materials contained within the houses.

In September 2020, the county commission agreed to the purchase of properties at 113 and 119 Locust Ave., 127 Locust Ave., and 454 E. Hudgens St., as part of a plan to create additional parking.

Sheriff Eddie Farris told commissioners in July that the jail addition “will be a three-story construction, located in our lower parking lot.”

He said the addition will add approximately 485 completed bed spaces to the jail, raising the capacity to 737 “with another additional 200 roughed in that can be completed later.” The current capacity of the jail is 252.

Interested subcontractors can contact Glenn Moreland at 615-371-5561 or at for additional information and requirements.

“Bell Construction and/or the Putnam County reserves the right to reject any or all bids,” the ad notes.


Read the full Herald-Citizen article by Jim Herrin as published on August 24, 2021.