County looks at jail corrections

Published 7:11 am Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The county board looked to avoid a potential sticky situation in the new jail Tuesday.

The board approved a move to correct faulty tile clips in the janitor closets of the new jail. The move will cost $8,324 to install a steel grid to hold the existing tile. While there was no risk of an inmate escaping, the clips could have caused concerns about how to safely get an inmate down if he or she ever got up in the jail duct work.

“They can’t escape, but getting them out of there would be another issue,” Amazi said.

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Even though the clips didn’t work as advertised, the Department of Corrections doesn’t require the change take place. However, the commissioners determined it’d be a worthwhile precaution.

Commissioner David Hillier said the change orders to the new jail have been very minimal, and he said the precaution will be beneficial.

“I think as long as the staff has caught this, it needs to be taken care of,” Hillier said.

Hillier said this will likely the be one of the final change orders for the jail project.