The early stages of launching a major public building project can be daunting. The process is complicated and includes approval from multiple government entities and citizens, planning experts, permits, land use evaluations, environmental impact studies, etc. Planning is extensive and years can pass before significant progress is made.
Such has been the work for a new, much-needed jail, but progress is finally being made! Our County Council has approved the hiring of DLR, a top jail planning consultant in the U.S., and DLR has begun analyzing our needs and potential jail sites.
Many questions remain, but one bit of information needs clarification. The number of beds the jail will house is not determined by one person or a committee, but by DLR. They have the expertise to estimated current needs, and will consider future expansion if needed. No one wants to spend more money than is necessary to complete this essential public building project, but we must all keep an open mind to the final recommendations of DLR. Jail bed calculations are not a simple process and I am happy that a very qualified company is working to bring us a comprehensive plan that will meet the needs of our county.
Thanks to all our local governments as they work on this project! We look forward to more information as progress is made for a functional, safe jail.