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Fayette considers use of old jail while repairing new facility

The Fayette County Board of Commissioners will study a proposal this afternoon that would result in making repairs to the old jail facility at the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office so it can be used to house inmates as gradual repairs are made to the “new” jail, which is already eight years old.

It will cost at least $30,000 to rejuvenate the old jail, including repairs to boilers, the air conditioning system and replacement of window frames, according to a memo circulated to commissioners. The county is also looking into the potential cost of repairs to heating and plumbing systems.

Among the problems at the new jail that need attention is the inmate shower area, which will cost $71,000 to repair, the memo said. Other repairs are slated for one of the jail’s exercise yard and to combat mold issues, the memo said.

The matters will be discussed as part of the commission’s monthly workshop meeting at 3:30 p.m.

The sheriff’s office is requesting that repair on the old jail start before a final list of repairs and costs is gathered, because of the need to move and house inmates during the repair of the current jail facility.

Mallett Consulting has been retained by the commission to obtain estimates for a comprehensive repair and cost list.

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