The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors met with architect Rick Emswiler of Missouri Valley on Dec. 16th to discuss the current needs and possible designs for a new county jail.
Emswiler has designed three other county jails in Iowa, and the Supervisors like what he did in Crawford County.
The Board had recently wanted to add on to the existing jail but also wants to find what would be the most economical for the county's needs.
The new 7,500 square foot Crawford County Jail has 38 beds with five dormitories with six beds, four bed cells with two beds a holding cell, visitor area, booking office, control area, laundry, kitchen, vehicular sally-port/exercise courtyard with an all brick exterior. Plus, 1500 square feet of mechanical basement and geothermal heating. Total project cost approximately $1,900,000.
The Board also met with Dave Shanahan, County Engineer, to discuss various road projects and county equipment.
A county officer meeting was also held and the Board heard updates from Ginger Walker, Cherokee County Conservation Director; Lisa Langlitz, Community Service Director; Hedgie Brandt, County Treasurer; Amy Barret, County Emergency manger; Dave Shanahan, and Kris Glienke, County Auditor. Each department head gave a quick update to the Board about their departments.
Other business was the approval of Resolution #2008-09: Operating transfer from the Rural Basic Fund to the Secondary Road Fund, plus the approval of the Northwest Iowa Contracting Consortium 28E agreement.