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$80,000 Improvement Program Contract at Castaic Prison Farm Awarded Tuesday


LOS ANGELES, Dec. 1 — Bids on the first series of buildings which are to be erected at the new county jail farm near Castaic were opened by the board of supervisors Tuesday and referred to the engineering department for comparative study and tabulation. The contract for the work, the total cost of which was estimated at $80,000 was to have been awarded Thursday morning, but absence of one of the board members made it necessary to defer the award until the first of the week.

The first units will be eight prison dormitories, two bath and wash houses, two latrines, one water heating building, one officer's bath unit, one officer's dormitory, an administration building, a cooks' house and a kitchen and a dining room.

Congestion Increasing

It is the plan of the supervisors to have the buildings finished by the latter part of February to relieve an ever-increasing congestion of prisoners at the County Jail.

The Farm, formerly the ranch of A.L. Dunn and known as "The Wayside Farms," contains 1,200 acres. It was acquired by the county earlier in the year under an arrangement whereby the county leases the land at a rental of $12,000 a year for five years with an option to purchase before May 3, 1943 at a price of $148,000. Should the purchase be made, the rental money is to be applied on the purchase price.

Farm Work Planned

Aside from the buildings to be erected at the institution, workmen will erect two 50,000-gallon water tanks, build sewage and water systems and install an electrical distribution system.

Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz and County Jailer Clem Peoples expect to have enough prisoners quartered at the institution to begin cultivating the land early in the spring.

The plan is to use the prisoners in the cultivation of farm produce for use at county institutions.


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