After the lowest bid came in $1.3 million over budget, the Vernon Parish Police Jury rejected all four bids received for the new Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office and Jail Facility at Monday's regular meeting and authorized that the project be rebid.

After the lowest bid came in $1.3 million over budget, the Vernon Parish Police Jury rejected all four bids received for the new Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office and Jail Facility at Monday's regular meeting and authorized that the project be rebid.
The lowest bid received totaled $8.073 million, while the highest came in at $9.395 million. Two other bids came in at $8.3 million and $8.729 million. The current budget for the facility is $6.8 million, and jurors said at Monday's meeting that additional funds for the project are currently not available.
The project entails the construction of a new facility along at the site of the former ballfield along Third Street south of La. 467. Jurors said they will work with the architect to see if there were portions of the project that could be modified or cut to reduce the cost of the project.
Also at Monday's meeting, Lt. Col. Dennis Yates provided an update on the Army's land purchase project in the Peason Ridge area. Yates said that the Army Corps of Engineers closed a deal last week with Red River for roughly 8,300 acres of land near Peason Ridge, to go along with 4,900 acres purchased in February.
Yates said that the next step for the ACOE is to negotiate with some of the smaller landowners in the area. He also said that negotiations with a third major landowner in the area, who owns land between Peason Ridge and La. 117, would probably extend into next spring, as the land recently changed hands, which would make negotiations "interesting," according to Yates.