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What's New On Jerome County Jail, Jerome City Wastewater

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By Jay Michaels

Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Plans for the new Jerome County Jail are taking longer to hammer out than expected. And Jerome city residents are looking forward to a judge's decision about changes required for their waste water treatment plant.

In May, Jerome voters approved a proposal to build a new county jail. Since then, the county commissioners decided on a different bidding process, which is slowing things down. Sheriff Doug McFall explains by breaking ground next spring, that will allow the jail to be enclosed by next winter.

McFall says, "The light's at the end of the tunnel, it's just getting farther away all the time. There's a few more processes that need to be gone through."

A judge's decision on whether or not to approve the city of Jerome's $35.8 million bond to improve their wastewater system is less than two weeks away.

Gilbert Sanchez, Superintendent of the Jerome Wastewater Treatment Plant, says, "Judicial confirmation is going to take place on November 25th at 1:30 p.m. at the Jerome County Courthouse. At that time, a judge will look over our case, and deem whether it's 'ordinary and necessary,' the upgrades that are being mandated by the EPA."

If the judge approves the proposal, the city of Jerome would have to begin working on the improvements required by the Environmental Protection Agency right away. In the meantime, plans for the county jail are still being hammered out.

McFall says, "Once we have blueprints in hand, pretty well as soon as winter's over, they should be ready to break ground and go to work."

Written public comments are being accepted until next Monday, November 18th. You can also e-mail those to sfraser@ci.jerome.id.us .

November 12, 2013.


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