Council Tables Vote On Jail Expansion Funding

Posted On May 25, 2012

Inside the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center.

file photo

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Dearborn County continues to work towards an expansion of the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center, but County Council must first settle on how to pay for the project.


“It’s slow but steady progress,” County Commissioner Tom Orschell told Eagle 99.3 Friday.


County Council on Tuesday voted to tabled the jail expansion funding request from county commissioners. County Administrator Terri Randall, the commissioners’ assistant, said the project could go to bid in January with construction beginning in February and completed in June 2014.


The cost is being estimated at about $9.3 million.


A representative from Umbaugh and Associates presented council various funding options which include the use of some of the $19 million available in the county’s Riverboat Savings fund. Orschell said the project will not raise taxes on property owners.


“I think the county is in very good position to fund this jail through riverboat money or a bond,” he said.


Council could make a decision on the funding at their next meeting Tuesday, June 19.


In February, council approved spending $72,000 on a new financial analysis, soil study, and the construction firm hiring. Maxwell Construction, of Greendale, was hired as the construction manager earlier this month.


Councilmen Jim Hughes and Dan Lansing voted in opposition of that funding. They have stated that they would like the project to be put to a referendum for county voters to decide.


The current jail built in 1989 was then projected to last 20 years, Orschell said. The jail currently holds about 260 inmates. The expansion will allow for 200 additional beds.


Orschell said he’s truly convinced the expansion is needed, but it’s a big decision for a multi-million dollar project.


“I don’t think it should be any surprise that we have to revisit that and update our facility,” he said.




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