Support Needed for New Jail Project
It’s no secret that the 62-year-old Dickinson County Courthouse has seen better days.
The building itself has problems. The windows leak air. Plumbing, much of which is encased into concrete between floors, leaks water and sewer gas. Heating and air conditioning units rust. The list goes on and on.
So naturally, the jail inside the building also has deteriorated because of those same issues. There’s also the fact that the facility doesn’t meet ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements or PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) standards.
During a work session on March 1, county commissioners said it was time to get the ball rolling again on renovating the courthouse and directed County Administrator Brad Homman and Architect Larry Goldberg to develop a three-phase plan to renovate the courthouse, build a new jail and then renovate the old jail into office space.
“It’s important that renovation happens first so we get the energy savings. Getting this building (the courthouse) buttoned up properly is a priority,” Goldberg said. “Then we look at new construction, the jail, sheriff’s department, looking at a law enforcement center rather than Justice Center construction.”
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