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Newport Independent - Newport, AR
  • Jail Committee makes progress on facility

  • The Jackson County Jail Expansion Committee moved forward in their efforts to build a new county jail at their meeting Thursday night.

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  • The Jackson County Jail Expansion Committee moved forward in their efforts to build a new county jail at their meeting Thursday night.
    "My personal opinion, we’re going on three months now, right, wrong or indifferent, whichever way the committee needs to go, we need to make a decision tonight to make a recommendation to the Quorum Court in two weeks," Said Sheriff David Lucas.
    "We have to get this ball rolling."
    Following a recommendation from committee member Michael Allen the board voted unanimously to scrap the idea of using the old Newport Hospital building as a possible replacement for the jail.
    "I'll vote no (no meaning scrap the hospital) with reluctance," said board member Tommy Young.
    "I feel like we haven't looked at it from a standpoint of getting enough information, the only thing we have to look at tonight is the utilities, but obviously the only number i ever heard was $30,000 a month so $360,000 a year to run the hospital vs. $86,000, so I'm voting no with this as the only information that i got."
    After voting out the old Newport Hospital the committee was left with only the option to build a new jail. They voted 5-3 in favor of Frank A. Rogers Company as their suggestion for project manager of the build. The committee will present their case to the Quorum Court at their next meeting who will ultimately decide. If the court agrees Frank A. Rogers Company will have an architect draw out the plans for the new jail and present the county with an estimated cost for the project. The county will then present their findings to the public in hopes of securing funding for the project.

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