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$115 million jail nears completion
by Liz Marino
September 12, 2012 02:43 PM | 1173 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
“It’s built,” Chief Deputy Stan Copeland told Douglas County Commissioners during an update on the new $115 million jail at an Aug. 30 work session.

The chief deputy reported that construction is now 99 percent complete and remaining items are primarily cleaning and checking a punch list.

“The largest projects are landscaping,” Copeland said. “The fiber network coming into the jail has been installed and LEED [energy-efficient] compliant signage is still being manufactured.”

Inspections from the fire marshal, the health department and city inspector have been completed and a certificate of occupancy will be given to the sheriff’s department at the end of September to begin employee training, Copeland told the board.

“When everything is done, we will get a complete certificate of occupancy.”

The jail, located on South Cherokee Boulevard, is starting to shape up, with 70 percent of furniture installed and new computers onsite and ready to be hooked up, according to Copeland.

The only hitch right now, he explained, is with the security electronics.

“There are 300 cameras and right now there is too much grain on the cameras to ID people who are all dressed alike,” Copeland said.

Staff training begins Oct. 1, while maintenance staff training begins next week.

Copeland announced that the sheriff’s department is planning public open houses before the inmates move into the facility.

Funding for the jail is coming from a 1 percent special purpose local option sales tax Douglas County voters approved in 2010.

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