Construction jobs at the new regional prison in Gunnison will peak at about 400 in the early spring and then slowly began to decrease as the permanent employment roster begins to develop.
Construction costs will peak commensurate with the number of employees through the three phases of building the facility, according to a study completed by the Six-County Organization.The report notes there has been little impact on area businesses or local jobs to date, but this will change as more workers move in. Most of the employees now working at the corrections facility do not live in the area, but have been brought in by the contractors.
Ground preparation is nearly completed. A plant maintenance building, which will house the kitchen and laundry, and a support services building that includes a warehouse, vehicle maintenance shop, kennels and the entrance station are now being built.
The study shows about 200 construction employees are on the job. That number will increase to 256 at the end of the year and 400 by next April. It will decrease to about 240 in June and will remain at that level until the completion of the first construction phase in November.
The report also notes that about 720 people will move into the area before next summer, but they won't all live in Gunnison. The "area" is defined as the towns surrounding Gunnison, but stretches to include Nephi to the north and Richfield to the south.
In the second construction phase, which begins in 1991, about $20 million will be spent, and an additional 150 employees will be hired.
The third phase is scheduled in 1994. Another 100 employees will be hired and the spending will total an estimated $15 million.
Under the operational plan, about 70 percent of the employees will be hired locally. The ratio of male to female employees will be three to one.
About 10 permanent employees will move on the site next fall. This will increase to 150 in December; 200 in February or March of 1990; and 250 by May or June of that year, the report said.
Initial training classes will be held in Ephraim, Gunnison and Richfield.
This will start with up to eight hours of orientation. Employees will then be required to complete a 10-week training program through the state's Police Academy, also to be given in the three communities.
About 25 percent of the employees will be required to be certified police officers. This will involve an additional four weeks of training at the academy site near Draper in Salt Lake County.
The operating budget for the prison is projected at about $12 million each year, 70 percent of which will be spent for salaries and fringe benefits for employees.