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The York County Commissioners approved a contract Wednesday worth more than $3.4 million to begin repairs to the roof of the county prison.

The contract, awarded to Ohio-based Weatherproofing Technologies Inc., will be paid through a $7.6 million bond the commissioners elected to take out last October.

The bond also will be used to upgrade the county's 911 radio system and renovate the Strickler farmhouse, which will become the new York County coroner's office.

John McCoy, facilities manager for the prison, said renovations to the roof are expected to begin later this month and be complete by October.

The renovations will be the first and largest phase of a four-year plan to fully repair the prison's roof, which was installed in 1992, McCoy said.

Also during Wednesday's meeting, commissioners approved a $58,000 contract to install chain-link fencing and double-coil razor at the prison and repair existing fencing.

The prison also will receive 30 body-armor vests at a cost of $935 per vest. McCoy said the vests were requested by Dennis Bowen, interim warden, because officers are not currently protected while wearing their uniforms in public, and they might be targeted.

Bowen was appointed interim warden in early February after the longtime warden, Mary Sabol, retired. The county is still searching for a permanent replacement.

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