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County agrees to continue housing Braswell inmates
by Adam Elrod
aelrod@neighbornewspapers.com
September 17, 2013 04:32 PM | 1406 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Paulding County will continue to house the city of Braswell’s prisoners.

Last week the Paulding County Board of Commissioners voted to enter an intergovernmental agreement with the city to house Braswell’s inmates at a cost of $45 per day.

The city will pay a daily fee plus medical costs for each prisoner. When inmates are booked on the first day the fee is charged no matter the amount of time they spend in jail that day, but the city will not pay for the last day the inmate is there.

Braswell has housed its prisoners in the county jail for years, Post 4 Commissioner David Barnett said. By charging the fee it helps the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office’s budget, he said.

The county formerly did not charge the cities for use of its jail but began seeking payment earlier this year to offset rising operating costs.

There has not been a stop in service to Braswell since before the contract was signed. The agreement is the same one the county has with the city of Hiram. The city of Dallas chose not to use the county’s jail and now houses its inmates in Acworth.

Also last week Tom Owens of financial advisory firm Raymond James presented commissioners with the option of refinancing existing bonds, which he said could save the county about $2 million.

Post 3 Commissioner Tommie Graham said the board likely will vote on the topic at their next meeting. He compared the action to refinancing a house to receive a lower interest rate.

“We plan to live here,” Graham said.

In other action taken last week the board voted to enter a contract with New South Construction to build a new seven-acre public park adjacent to the Watson Government Complex at a cost of $3.6 million.

County Administrator Mike Jones said the project will be funded through the special purpose local option sales tax. There is a balance of about $13 million in the SPLOST account currently and the county gains about $200,000 per month in the account.

The contractor also will be responsible for the upkeep of the park through October 2015.

Features will include an amphitheater with lawn area that could hold between 2,000 and 2,500 people; a pavilion built in the likeness of the county government complex, with a grass area for about 500 people; an active area with a fitness station and a rubberized, half-mile track, which will run along the perimeter of the park.

Jones said, “I think it will be the most heavily used park.”

Also the board voted to purchase new targeting equipment for 10 firing lanes for the new sheriff’s department training center to be located off West Memorial Drive in Dallas, The SPLOST-funded project will cost $69,679 and will cover the setup of the new equipment and the cost of moving the 10 targets from the old training center to the new one.

Detective Donny Pace said construction on the facility has not started and there is not a set time for the groundbreaking. They expect to have the project complete by April 2014.

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