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Title: Jail Could Be Paid Off in Fall
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While there were not enough members present to have an official meeting, the Warren County Council did hold an informal meeting of sorts, Monday, April 25.

Only Council President, Dick Dobbels and members, Bertha Warrick and David Dalton stayed on to have the informal discussion. Council members Larry Weston and Mark Wright did come in to sign some papers, but left before the discussion began. Councilman Charles E. Fink arrived in time for the informal discussion. Councilman John Layton was not present.

The most important topic discussed Monday, involved the outstanding debt the county owes for the new jail. According to figures provided by Auditor Carol Drake, the only outstanding expense yet to be paid is the parking lot currently under construction.

Drake reported that there is $245,457 in the jail fund; from that she subtracted two bills due this month, one for $37,598.93 and another for $4,109.56, which will leave a total of $203,758 in the jail fund. Add to that amount, $263,890 from Certified Shares, $114,000 from the EDIT tax, and a total of $68,338 from county tax collection (if everyone pays).

That adds up to a grand total of $649,979 available. The spring payment due towards paying off the new jail is $57,853.93. According to Drake, unless something unforeseen should occur; the new jail could be paid off in the fall.

In a related matter, the Council members present were not at all pleased with the progress made or steps taken in the construction of the jail parking lot on the site where the former jail stood. They feel if the ground was solid enough to hold the old jail that many years, they do not understand why E.I. Brown and the contractors involved feel it would not sufficiently good renewal of the group plan.

Several individuals from E.I. Brown stopped in at the Commissioners' meeting Monday. Among them were Don Pritchett, Jim Hughes, Al Bennett, and the architect who designed the new Warren County Jail. They were at the jail doing a site inspection. Several items were addressed. The Commissioners were told that a protective film would be applied to the control room windows in the new jail, to allow jailers privacy from the inmates, who can watch them. This is said to be an inexpensive item.

It was noted that the bid from Mid-States for the installation of food passes in the cell doors of the jail is too high. E.I. Brown recommends contacting local contractors to see about getting the work done.

The Commissioners were also informed that the ground where the former jail sat and where the parking lot will be located is too soft. Apparently the old jail was built atop the ravine, and this is now thought to have caused a lot of structural damage to the old jail. The new jail was built atop a support system. In order for the parking lot to stay intact, E.I. Brown is recommending using Geo textile fabric (estimated cost $2,500) under the ground.

Date: 4/1/1994
Origin: Review Republican
Author: LeeAnne Akers, Editor
Record ID: 00001583
Type: Periodical
Source Archive: Warren County Historical Society
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Warren County Jail
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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