Sparks fly over design-build proposal for county jail

    With the best of intentions, Adams County Councilman Tony Mellencamp invited Bob Wede to address the council during its regular monthly meeting this week on planning options related to the jail/superior court project the county has proposed.
    Wede is the business development manager for Performance Services, Indianapolis, an “energy related services” company that promotes the benefits of a “design-build” approach to construction projects over the traditional “plan-spec” method.
    The two had met when Mellencamp was a South Adams Schools board member and Wede’s firm was hired to oversee the school’s construction project. Mellencamp was impressed with the fact the project was completed early and below estimate, and felt council might benefit from hearing from Wede. “I was involved and it was a wonderful process for us,” Mellencamp stated.
    But there were two problems with the invitation Mellencamp had extended to Wede.
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