Detention Center needs were big topic for Intergovenmental meeting

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Poinsett County mayors and officials got together recently for an Intergovernmental Cooperative Council meeting to give each other updates about cities and the counties. One of the major topics talked about was maintenance needed at the county Detention Center. After a one cent sales tax to support the Sheriff's Office and Detention Center failed last year, the Quorum Court is looking at the possibility of having a special election for a smaller sales tax.

County Judge Bob Cantrell said the County General Fund cannot support all the repairs and maintenance needed at the Detention Center. And though he wouldn't go into details about how much the proposed tax could be, he said the Quorum Court will decide something at their May meeting.

Chief Deputy Steve Roarks with the Sheriff's Department spoke about maintenance of the Detention Center. "Jails require a lot of maintenance work simply because of standards we have to meet," Roarks said. One example he listed was the chiller being replaced. Since standards require the Detention Center to be between 65-85 degrees, when the chiller went down, they had to replace it. And the cost was around $160,000. Roarks said that everything is on a large scale, and when something breaks or goes down, it doesn't just cost $5,000 to fix.

The full story will be available in the 5-2-19 edition of the Poinsett County Democrat Tribune.

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