Progress is continuing toward the completion of drawings for a new detention facility, Sheriff David Lucas told Quorum Court members Tuesday evening.
“I have been in almost constant communication with the architects and just this afternoon he sent me this drawing,” Lucas told the justices as he presented the latest proposal. “This has some changes from the drawing I showed you a couple of months ago that we presented to them,” he explained. “However, I’ve looked at it and my staff has looked at it and I think it will work better.” Lucas advised the court that the architect did present one concern over a set-back on the Second Street side of the proposed facility, which has been eased following a meeting with Mayor David Stewart. “I met with the Mayor and I just want to thank him and the city council. They have bent over backwards to accommodate us,” Lucas explained. “The Mayor assured me that we could get the setbacks here (on Second Street).” The floor plan penned by the architect and the Sheriff is for approximately 100 beds and will last the county “probably 40 years and is designed for expansion,” Lucas said. The architect will now begin the elevations for the proposed facility and which will soon lead to cost projections. “We still don’t have any idea on the cost of this facility,” Lucas noted, “they haven’t gotten that far yet.”