Yadkin Commissioners select jail site
by Karen Martin
The Yadkin County Board of Commissioners on Monday chose the site adjacent to the existing Yadkin County Jail for the new jail expansion project.
Ware-Bonsall, the consulting firm hired to conduct a comprehensive jail study for the county recommended to the board that they choose Option #2, or the expansion of the current jail. The facility would be a 72-bed, 25,560 square foot facility with double cells and a new visiting area, booking area, control room and a connective corridor between the existing facility and the new one. A site specific area (sally port), will allow prisoners to be brought into the jail booking area after the vehicle they are transferred in is secured within the port to allow for better security for officers and prisoners.
The plan also calls for some renovation of the current jail with a $75,000 allocation for the work.
The current jail would then be utilized for female prisoners, male special management prisoners, the laundry area and for food service.
An in-house operational kitchen is not planned for the new expansion nor a renovation of the current one. Yadkin County purchases meals for the prisoners and Ware-Bonsall’s recommendation was that the county continue with that service as it is more cost efficient.
The proposed cost of the jail expansion is $5,999,000. The board directed the county manager to enter into an agreement with Ware-Bonsall with revisions to the contract recommended by the county attorney.
The expected operational cost of the new/existing facility when completed is $847,000 per year.
“I believe that the existing jail can be utilized for an additional 10 years,” Glenn Ware said.
During the commissioner comments, several of the members of the board voiced their satisfaction with Ware-Bonsall’s work so far and the confidence in the process moving forward.
“I’m very comfortable with the services and the gentlemen of Ware-Bonsall,” Frank Zachary, Vice-Chairman of the board of commissioners said. “I’m satisfied that we can go forward with Ware-Bonsall.
“I hope people of the county will know that we have gone forward with the jail issue in a very deliberate and thoughtful manner,” Zachary said.
Chairman Kevin Austin told the board and audience, “Timelines were set out for the study, and Ware-Bonsall met them with no question.”
Commissioner Marion Welborn also commented on the process.
“I’m glad we’re getting started on the process of getting the jail where it needs to be,” Welborn said.
Bids for the new jail should be ready to be received in early December with a project start date of construction in Feb. 2012. Completion of the project is expected in Feb./March of 2013.
Additional county plans
Yadkin County Commissioners heard from three prospective firms on plans for a comprehensive master plan for Yadkin County parks and recreation areas.
Each firm proposed meeting with citizens all throughout the county to ask what types of facilities and activities are the most wanted and needed in their particular communities.
The 5-D project is one of the main areas of future recreation facilities and each firm suggested plans for camping, fishing, and canoeing access.
“I think we’ve made a lot of progress and the plan for a comprehensive study will give us a real opportunity in Yadkin County,” Zachary said. “I think that the 5-D will be a benefit to all the citizens.”
Commissioner Welborn agreed.
“I see the 5-D as part of the the county-wide future,” Welborn said. “Looking at the ariel pictures there’s plenty of room for camping and docks. I know it will take some time, but it will be a nice place for all of our citizens to enjoy.”
“I think the park study will be huge for us,” Chairman Austin said. “We need to get direction for all possible recreation areas in the county and the study will help us asses what our residents want and allow us to continue to move forward making progress in the county.”
The Yadkin County Board of Commissioners are looking to fill board vacancies.
The following advisory boards have vacancies or seats that are becoming available at the end of the 2010/11 fiscal year. Department of Social Services (one seat); Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee (two seats); Region I Aging Advisory Council (one seat); the Criminal Justice Partnership Advisory Board (one seat), and the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (one seat).
Anyone interested in becoming an advisory board member may contact the county manager’s office to fill out an application or express interest at 336-679-4200.
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