Jail options need serious planningPublished 12:12am Sunday, November 24, 2013
Looking at the options before the county commissioners for the county jail, several items are needed to reach a result that meets the needs of the county and community.
Commissioners heard from state officials on possible opportunities to receive capital funding for a new jail.
It is important that the commissioners ensure that all information is properly gathered and utilized to enhance the ability to receive funding.
Everyone agrees that alternative options are vital for the sheriff, but to make certain the proper approach is used to aid the jail project.
With the deadline for entry to the state on Dec. 1, county officials will need to work quickly to meet the formalities the state requires to be considered for capital funding.
Although state officials mentioned matching funds, county officials need to ensure an efficient plan is developed to provide matching funds without affecting other areas.
While the sheriff, like other county departments, has had to deal with reductions in funding, this project is something the county sorely needs.
While the project would cost the county money, officials would see savings in the future from paying other facilities to house county inmates.
The potential solution to this issue could be realized with the proper planning and implementation.