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Jail Needs New Roof, Air Conditioning
Tyler County Booster - May 2009
Even though Tyler County Commissioners are working
toward constructing a new jail facility to meet state guidelines, the current jail is still with us and Commissioners
were faced Monday with some of the inevitable problems of maintaining an aging facility. Recent heavy rains elevated a persistent problem into an emergency situation and has forced the Court to take immediate action
to resolve it.
According to Commissioner Mike Marshall, the existing roof on the jail is leaking badly. Plastic sheeting is apparently
being used to divert rain water to keep the interior of the facility dry. The more rain water gets through the roof, the bigger the threat from mold development and remediation expense.
At the same time, the facilities air conditioning system also failed over the weekend, and was put back into operation with a temporary replacement of one of the components. The entire system is old, more complex than the facility needs, and will have to be replaced.
Total cost for the work that needs to be done is expected to exceed $200,000, but Commissioner Rusty Hughes pointed out that the County really had no choice here and the work would have to be done, and sooner rather than later.
David Waxman pointed out that the roof work should be reimbursed by an existing grant, but there were no guarantees
and the money could be a long time coming.
Commissioners voted to go out for bids for the air conditioning
work to be opened on May 26 at 10 a.m. The contractor for the roof work is a part of the State Buy Board which means the bidding process has effectively already taken place. Electrical work will be less than $25,000 and bids are not necessary.
Tyler County Sheriff David Hennigan also told Commissioners
that Newton had reached capacity and future prisoner overflow would go to Hardin County.