County prison building only needs two inspections to open
By Roxanne Thompson, Staff Writer
Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson told commissioners court last week that F Building at the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned prison, is very nearly ready to open, which will increase the prison’s bed capacity by 96.
Commissioners heard this report at their Oct. 10 meeting and made other decisions concerning law enforcement, the county’s roads and bridges, and the quality of life in Limestone County.
Concerning the LCDC, Wilson said he and LaSalle Corrections, the company that operates the prison, were waiting for the state fire marshall’s office to send a fire inspector to check F Building, and that was the last significant action they had to take to get it ready for occupancy. Once the building passes the fire inspection, he said he would arrange for the Jail Commission to do its final inspection to certify the building as ready to house inmates.
In other matters, the court approved paying invoices for the LCDC totaling $17,728, which broke down as $7,436 for utilities, and $10,292 for safety testing required by the Jail Commission.
Also at the meeting, Wilson gave the September statistics on the Law Enforcement Center, which includes the Sheriff’s Office, County Jail and Dispatch Department.
Similarly, Juvenile Probation Officer Kyle Collins gave the September statistics on the Juvenile Detention Center.
Wilson also said the E-911 service was running, though he did not know if anyone had used it yet. That service allows people to text 911 and even send pictures of accidents or incidents to the Sheriff’s Office.
In a different matter, First United Methodist Church, Thornton, presented a donation of $3,000 to the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office, which the court accepted. A $600 donation from Evelyn Beard, of Hill County, for the same intention was also accepted.
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