In Feb. 5 Issue
There are plans to have an architect at the next meeting of the Russell County Fiscal Court on Feb. 9th to present plans for a new jail.
"I think it is a good location for a jail," said Magistrate Gary Robertson. "I like the privacy of the site and the economics of it were hard to pass up."
Robertson was reacting to the City of Russell Springs' offer to basically give the property at the end of Brian Walters Rd. to the county if it would build a jail.
Magistrate Ron Johnson said he'd been in favor of building a jail for some time, and the $1 price for the property was a good incentive.
"We can do this without raising taxes," Johnson said. He said the previous proposal for a 109 bed jail would have been too costly, for the county at $7million, but the 80 bed facility would cost only about $3.5 million.
He said the payments on that bond would be no more than it costs to pay other counties to house Russell County's prisoners.
Garner said the county is looking into the design being used by Jackson County to build their new jail.
Russell County Jailer Darrell McQueary said the smaller jail would be a good move and he added that the state would very likely allow the county to continue to operate the present jail as a class-D misdemeanor facility.
"What I don't understand is why they didn't vote to build a jail," McQueary said.
He added that he's seen the design being offered by Harold Fletcher, brother to the previous governor.
"The location is okay. The number of beds is okay," McQueary said. "It's a good plan and a good facility."