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Co. council OKs funding for $10.4M jail expansion/renovation
Written by Denise Freitag Burdette   
Friday, December 21, 2012 6:55 AM

Click here to view a copy of the presentation.

Click here to view video of the first presentation.

Click here to read story on the county commissioner recommendation.

The cost is $1.1 million higher than Dearborn County council members agreed to last year, but the proposed county jail expansion and renovation moves forward.

Council members passed a motion 4 to 1 Thursday night, Dec. 20, to hand over an additional $9,740,231 in funding, to cover the estimated costs of a 144-bed addition.

The 144-option was a jail committee recommendation approved by county commissioners Monday. Nov. 26,  in a 2 to 1 vote. The total cost, including money already spent, is estimated at $10.4 million.

Council members also agreed to bid out a 208-bed addition design, as recommended by commissioners, that would finish a "shell" built into the 144-bed design. The estimated cost for the 208-bed design is $11.2 million.

A presentation on the jail addition/renovation mission, committee, population research, design options and budget previously given to commissioners, was repeated for council members.

A copy of the presentation details and video from the first presentation can be seen at www.thedcregister.com.

Support and doubts

In November 2011, Dearborn County council passed a motion, 4-2, to fund the latest proposed county jail expansion and renovation.

At that time, the cost was estimated between $8.3 and $9.3 million, pushing off other possible expansion elements to the future.

But during a special meeting held Nov. 26, county commissioners voted 2-1 to support the 144-bed addition design recommended by county jail committee members. A 120-bed addition design is estimated at $9.3 million. The jail currently has 216 beds.

Check back as more details from the meeting are added!

Last Updated on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 5:32 PM