Dilkon Justice Center needs $2 mil for design and planning phase

WINDOW ROCK - According to the report from Navajo Nation Department of Corrections Director Delores Greyeyes, schematics are completed for the Dilkon Justice Center, which allows the design and planning phase to begin.

On June 30, Greyeyes told the Law and Order Committee (LOC) the Dilkon Justice Center will include a correctional facility, juvenile services, law enforcement and patrol, and criminal investigations if the necessary funding is rounded up.

"We will need about $2 million to complete the planning and design phase of the 54,000 square foot building," said Greyeyes. "It will cost an estimated $38 million to complete the project in its entirety."

Greyeyes added that the high price is due to the construction of the correctional facility, which will require more building material and metal components than a standard office building.

LOC Vice Chair Council Delegate Alton Joe Shepherd (Jeddito, Cornfields, Ganado, Kin Dah Lichii, Steamboat) expressed support for the Dilkon Justice Center project and asked when construction would begin.

Greyeyes said once the $2 million was secured to complete the planning and design phase, the project would be construction-ready. In the meantime, the Department of Corrections is seeking additional money to begin construction.

LOC member Council Delegate Elmer Begay, (Dilkon, Greasewood Springs, Indian Wells, Teesto, Whitecone) who represents the Dilkon community, requested the committee's involvement in the efforts to obtain the $2 million.

"Is there a way we can involve the LOC with this project? This justice center is being built in my district and I want to help get funding so construction can begin," Begay said.

Shepherd recommended the committee seek money from the Navajo Nation's Unreserved, Undesignated Fund Balance.

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