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|Parish jail repair costs feasible|
The Concordia Parish Police Jury will not be closing the parish jail anytime soon after tallying estimated expenses for upgrades presently mandated by the State Fire Marshal's Office and the Department of Health & Hospitals.
The Jury also learned the cost to completely renovate the facility was about a quarter of a million dollars less than an $800,000 estimate provided a few weeks ago. Jury President Melvin Ferrington said Southern Folger, a detention equipment company from San Antonio, Tex., said a major renovation would cost $558,000.
"But we're not going to be doing that for the time being," said Ferrington. He said the costs to bring the jail up to standards set by the State Fire Marshal's office and the Department of Health & Human Resources are financially feasible for the Jury.
"We're still figuring the costs to satisfy both the health department and the fire marshal," said Ferrington, who noted that the Jury's Courthouse Committee discussed the jail condition during a meeting Monday night.
To correct some of the problems cited by the fire marshal, Securtec Detention Equipment of Baton Rouge quoted a fee of $5,480 for labor to clear, lube and adjust 14 sliding cell doors. Another quote of $4,732 was made to furnish and install four mechanical deadlocks on two existing chainlink gate locks and two hollow metal doors.
Other costs will involve up to $3,500 for a motor to operate cell doors.
Meanwhile, Ferrington said health inspectors say that the plumbing will have to be upgraded.
"That will include the purchase of commodes that cost $3,000 each," said Ferrington. "We are also being told that we need to add an exhaust and ventilation fan, do some safety upgrades and other things to make the jail more operational."
Ferrington said the Jury's intention was to meet the safety requirements and make the repairs and upgrades necessary to get the jail, built in 1976, back into full operation.
"We intend to make the jail capable of housing the 48 inmates maximum that we are required to hold," said Ferrington.
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