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County government gives beat writer Ross Schulz so much to write about, it can't ALL possibly fit in the newspaper, so we've made room here for that and whatever else he wants to blog about.

Inmates will need to be transferred during jail renovation

January 18, 2013 | 04:36 PM

In a previous story, from the Harrison County Board of Commissioners final meeting of 2012, published Jan. 2, RQAW consultant Bred Dodd told the board that inmates will not have to be housed at a different jail during the Justice Center and jail renovation, scheduled to begin soon.

Sheriff Rodney (Rod) Seelye, however, corrected Dodd in a recent interview and said that's not the case.

Seelye said inmates will still need to be moved out of the jail to another jail, even though the department will do everything it can to keep the costs down.

The cost will be about $38 per inmate, per day, for an approximate cost of $800 a day. The inmate transfer cost is not built into the $1.2 million figure approved for the project.

The jail, which is 17 years old, needs to undergo several maintenance projects. Exterior and interior caulking, glazing and repair and replacement of sealant throughout the facility need to be completed. Re-coating of shower walls and floors are also necessary because water is leaking through the walls and into inmate sleeping areas. Stainless steel shower units in all inmate areas also need to be replaced due to abuse.

Bids were taken on the project in December.

Seelye also asked the county council, on Jan. 14, for permission to create a non-reverting fund for the seizure of drug assets forfeited to or secured by the sheriff's department. In a discussion about the reasons why the council shouldn't approve spending out of the fund, which can be used for a number of things in the sheriff's department, he mentioned the department buying drugs and needing a large amount of cash to do so.

I mentioned that in the story published Jan. 16 but didn't explain why, which will be used for the department's fight against illegal narcotics.

Ross Schulz

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