- Associated Press - Monday, December 21, 2015

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - The final phase of improvements proposed 14 years ago for the Brown County Jail could start in the coming months, officials say.

Brown County commissioners will open bids Tuesday for improvements, including excavating under the three-stall garage to expand the basement and allow for the construction of a larger kitchen.

Commissioner Nancy Hansen said the county is eager to open bids for the final phase after such a drawn-out process.

“There’s a lot of building going on, and this is something we’ve been working on for many years,” Hansen told the Aberdeen American News (https://bit.ly/1O3gEZo ). “With changes in rates and different needs coming up, things have to change a little bit. But it needs to be done.”

The county has been saving for the final phase and will have $1 million set aside for the work as of next year. Work is estimated to cost about $2.5 million.

Commissioners have been discussing how to finance the balance of this project and decided to transfer money from the Brown County Landfill enterprise fund. Commission Chairman Duane Sutton said the county will repay the enterprise fund over a seven-year period.

Previous improvements to the jail complex were completed in 2001 and 2007, Brown County Auditor Maxine Fischer said.

In 2001, $1 million was spent on work that included remodeling of the basement for the city-county dispatch center. In 2007, about $1.5 million was used for a garage and a recreation area, Fischer said.


Information from: Aberdeen American News, https://www.aberdeennews.com

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