- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Officials say the control system for the Black Hawk County Jail’s lights, doors and intercom is failing.

The Waterloo-Cedar Rapids Courier reports (https://bit.ly/1lZS3dm ) that it could cost up to $2 million to replace the original security and master control system installed when the 272-bed detention center was built in 1995.

County officials on Tuesday gave Sheriff Tony Thompson and Building Maintenance Superintendent Rory Geving permission to solicit proposals for a replacement system.

Thompson says the current system is well past its prime. He it failed about three weeks ago and left jail officials wondering when it would become operational again.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, https://www.wcfcourier.com

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