COVINGTON COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - Covington County supervisors are looking for a company to operate the jail kitchen at the Covington County Law Enforcement Complex.
Supervisors are advertising for bids over the next two weeks.
The full-service facility was built at a cost of nearly $500,000 and was completed in early 2020.
Sheriff Darrell Perkins says kitchen operations were put on hold while drainage improvements and other infrastructure work around the facility was completed.
Most of that work has been done.
“I know that drainage issues was some of the problem,” Perkins said. “Trying to get some asphalt, hopefully, it will be poured next week up there where the trucks can move in and deliver food and product and everybody’s on board and we’re ready to go.”
Currently, daily inmate meals are being provided by a Annie B’s, a restaurant in Collins.
Perkins says supervisors could choose a company in early May.
He hopes the new kitchen will be in operation by June 1.
“If somebody wants to submit a bid that meets the qualifications that are set forth in the proposal, then they can,” Perkins said. “And then, next board meeting is in May, (supervisors) are going to open them up, look at the sealed bids, if you want a proposal, and then 15 days out prior to the kitchen opening, we will have a walk through and make sure everything is ready to go.”
Construction of the kitchen was finished in January of 2020.
Appliances and other pieces of equipment were added about two months later.