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One Step Closer To Building New Jerome County Jail

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By Jay Michaels

Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Jerome County's new jail is one step closer to becoming a reality. The commissioners and members of law enforcement continue to lay a solid foundation for the project.

And the winner is... LCA Architects of Ketchum signed a $352,000 contract with Jerome County, to pull together bridging documents to build the new proposed Jerome County Jail.

Jerome County Sheriff Doug McFall says, "We're starting to spec out the requirements of this facility, get a little bit more detailed. And when he gets enough stuff put together, we'll be able to actually put this down on paper and start the final schematic diagram."

Jerome County Commissioner Roger Morley says, "Then he goes to the contractors, and it tells the contractors exactly how we want our jail built. And that's essentially what a bridging document is."

Morley points out on this project, there are plenty of legal hoops Jerome County needs to jump through with both the state and federal governments. Sheriff Doug McFall says input from the public task force will help them avoid as many pitfalls as possible along the way.

Morley says, "That's what we're doing. We've done our best to involve the public. We've got our public task force, we want to make sure nobody is left out of the process, because this is a facility that will shine for Jerome for a very long time."

If everything goes well, construction on the new Jerome County Jail could begin early this summer.

January 8, 2014.


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