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Board approves design for new County Jail facility

Friday, March 27, 2009

The parking lot located on the corner of North 5th Street and West Main Street is the proposed site of a new Cherokee County Law Enforcement Center. The proposed building would be built adjacent to the current County and City Law Enforcement Center, but not attached to it. Photo by Mike Leckband
The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors met with architect Rick Emswiler on Tuesday. Emswiler brought the Board four new jail architectural schematics for the proposed new Cherokee County Law Enforcement Center that would be funded by a County bond issue.

Two of the drawings show a facility housing the Jail, Sheriff's Department, 911 Communications Center, and Environmental Health/Emergency Management Agency. Two others show the same detail with the Cherokee City Police Department included.

After viewing each of the designs and hearing the recommendation of the Jail Committee, Sheriff Dave Scott, and the concerns of Cherokee City Administrator Don Eikmeier, the Board picked a design that would exclude the City Police Department.

The Board indicated that it would lease the front part of the current Law Enforcement Center to the City for a $1 per year and would separate the joint City/County law enforcement that has been in place since the early 1980s. The Board made the offer to the City at the City Council meeting held later Tuesday night (see City Council story on Page 1 of today's Chronicle Times).

The proposed new jail will be a 13,500 sq. ft. facility to be built in the parking lot to the south of the current LEC. The new LEC would have 30 beds (four six-bed cells and three two-bed cells), plus a holding cell and a padded cell for inmates. Also, a vehicular sallyport, kitchen, laundry room, interview room, booking and control center, visitors' booths, and an exercise courtyard.

The design of the proposed facility would also have a main lobby, secretaries' office, mechanical facility, an additional interview room, deputies' lounge, offices for the Chief Deputy and County Sheriff, rest rooms and evidence room.

Also, the County 911 Communications Center would be housed within the building and would have an equipment room, a 911 office, a restroom, and a training center, with a storage room and an office for the County Emergency Agency Manager.

The estimated construction costs for the building would be $2,7 million and $200,000 in remodeling cost for the current LEC to be leased to the City, bringing the total construction cost to $2.9 million.

Total Project cost has yet to be estimated. Emswiller will be back in a couple of weeks with a more definitive design and the total project cost and the Board would then begin to see what type of bonding agreement they could bring forth to the voters. The Board would like to have the jail project before the voters by Aug. 4 of this year.

In other business, the Board met with Leann Hammer and Jan Carlson of the Cherokee Regional Medical Center's Public Health Department to approve the application of local Public Health Services contract for 2009/2010 and to approve their Alternative Plan, which would provide Hammer to move certain funds.

Dave Shanahan, County Engineer, brought a Utility Permit for the Board to approve for a fiber-optic line near Larrabee. The Board approved plans for project #L-1-AC-06 for the milling and overlay of a three mile stretch of the T-intersection of C-65 and M-25. The M-25 section would uses monies from the Stimulus Project.

The Board approve the Iowa Dept fo Public Health FY10 Substance Abuse Prevent contract through Jackson Recovery for teaching area youth about the dangers of drug abuse.

The Board also went into closed session on an Employee Disciplinary Hearing as part of Iowa Code Chapter 21.5(i) which states: To evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose appointment, hiring, performance or discharge is being considered when necessary to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual's reputation and that individual requests a closed session.

Following the closed session, the Board took action to allow employee Janet Cedar's reprimand to stand as is and for her to return to work as the Secondary Roads Office Manager, maintaining that the actions of the employee will not happen again.

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