Law Enforcement Center & Courthouse Updates Project
Unofficial Election Results - Passed 68.72%
The Floyd County Jail does not meet the current needs for the staff, public, or inmates.
Delbert Longley, Chief Jail Inspector, Iowa Department of Corrections (Oct 2013)
That 2013 quote started the ball rolling on a series of discussions, studies, assessments, and designs leading up to a Citizens Advisory Committee's recommendation to the Floyd County Board of Supervisors for a new law enforcement center and courthouse updates project.
The Citizens Advisory Committee, made up of residents of the county and employee representatives from cities in the county, state offices serving the county, and Floyd County offices, participated in meetings facilitated by representatives from Prochaska & Associates, the firm procured to complete Phase 1 & 2 assessments. Following a diligent study of reports, participating in numerous meetings, touring the jail, and reviewing several design options, the Committee selected Option 1B. This option is a single story Law Enforcement Center (LEC) including Sheriff's office, a 32-bed jail facility, communications (dispatch) center, and a secure elevator separating inmates from the public for access to the 3rd and 4th floor courtrooms. A common atrium serves as a lobby connecting the new LEC with the existing courthouse and includes an ADA compliant elevator and public restrooms. A multi-purpose room serving as an Emergency Operating Center (EOC), training room and meeting room is available from the lobby for public access. Improvements are also planned for the 1941 courthouse, including a replacement of windows to the original look of the courthouse, a new heating/cooling system and a reconfiguration of space needs for certain offices.
(Refer to the Floyd County Part 2 Facility Development study above for more details and costs of each option.)
Following their own due diligence of options and plan designs, on February 19, 2018, the Floyd County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution setting May 1, 2018 as a date for a special election entering into a loan agreement and issuing bonds for the purpose of acquiring real estate and constructing, finishing, and equipping a County Law Enforcement Center and of undertaking renovations to the County Courthouse. Voters will have an opportunity to vote on an estimated cost not to exceed $13,500,000 for this purpose.
Several opportunities to learn more about this project are scheduled throughout the community as well as tours of the 4th floor jail facility. Be sure to check out the Calendar for more information. Take some time to explore other information on this website. You'll find photos and information about the existing jail and courthouse. Also, watch for newspaper articles, radio interviews and county social media sites for more information. In anticipation of questions, we may have already addressed those on the FAQ link.
Please contact any Sheriff's Office employee, Board of Supervisors or County Auditor about this project. We're more than happy to assist.