Carroll's commissioners may decide within a month whether to build an addition to the county jail or a new jail, Commissioner Donald I. Dell said yesterday.
Even if the county decides to go ahead with an addition, it will ask for new bids on the project, Public Works Director Keith R. Kirschnick said.
The county would like to include language in the bid specifications that would allow for modular construction of an addition, he said. Modular construction could be cheaper than bricks and mortar, officials have said.
Bids the county received in January for a jail addition expired in the spring. The 16 bids came in about $1 million above what the county had expected.
Mr. Dell said his proposal to build a new jail at the Northern Landfill is "hanging by a tiny thread." Commissioners Julia W. Gouge and Elmer C. Lippy favor building an addition to the jail at 100 N. Court St. in Westminster.
Mr. Dell asked Budget Director Steven D. Powell to study whether the county could afford to build a new jail.
Mr. Powell said yesterday he would have an answer by the end of next week.
"I'm trying to see how the jail would fit into our five-year debt affordability plan," he said.