The news is still sinking in for Delaware County officials after voters said “yes” to a new county jail and Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday.
85-percent of voters supported the bond issue to pay for the project. County Supervisor Jeff Madlom says it was an emotional moment when those election numbers came in from fellow Supervisor Shirley Helmrichs.
This is the third time the County has tried passing a bond to pay for jail improvements to bring their operations up to state code. In recent years, the state jail inspector has repeatedly warned the County that something needed to be done or the jail could close. Madlom says he’s grateful that voters understood that dire message.
It’s time now to bring that project to life. Two potential sites for the new jail facility have been picked out in Manchester’s industrial park on the south side of town. The County will get the ball rolling on Monday.
The County will also be looking into what can be done with the current jail facility. They plan to tear down the old Sheriff’s house on the corner, but would like to save up some money to eventually remodel the 1967 jail facility for one of several County purposes.
We’ll follow this project every step of the way – keep it tuned to KMCH for updates.
photo courtesy of Janelle Tucker/KMCH