Delaware County Moving Forward with Proposed Plans for New County Jail

The Delaware County Board of Supervisors is moving forward with plans for a new county jail and Sheriff’s Department.

At their meeting Monday, the Board heard from John Hansen with Midwest Construction Consultants, who presented a floorplan for the proposed facility.

The proposed facility would be over 18-thousand square feet and house both a new county jail and Sheriff’s Department. The jail would include 30 secure beds and 16 work release beds, with the option to expand and add stairs and another 20 cells on an upper level if needed in the future. The Sheriff’s Department would include an emergency operations center, as well as an evidence storage area, rooms to interview suspects and an armory and ammunition area. We’ll be posting a photo of the floorplan of the proposed project as soon as it is available on kmch.com.

County Supervisor Jeff Madlom says the proposed plans addresses the state jail inspector’s concerns of the current 52-year old facility, giving the county the space and security they need to meet state requirements without any unnecessary frills.

The County is considering several sites in Manchester for the new jail and Sheriff’s Department. The land acquisition is included in the estimated cost for the project, which sits at five-point-eight million dollars.

The Board of Supervisors will contact their bonding attorney this week, with plans to discuss the next steps for this proposed project at their meeting next Monday.