After 3 years of discussion, studies, plans, proposals and designs, the Jail Citizen's Committee has decided on an option for the new Jail/Sheriff's Office. Option #1 calls for a single floor plan housing the Sheriff's Office, Jail, Emergency Management Office ,EOC Training Room, garages, and Communications Center (Dispatch). Included with this Option are addressing updates to the existing Courthouse that includes such items as ADA compliant toilets and elevators, new Heating and Cooling system and replacement of Courthouse windows.
This project started with the deterioration of the current jail. A few years ago the State Jail Inspector listed our jail as "Not able to meet the current needs of the staff, inmates and general public" The current jail is also unable to properly segregate and classify inmates. The county and City looked at a Joint Law Enforcement Center but the City made the decision to back out of the plans due to financing and instead stand behind and support the County moving forward with the project.
The Citizens Committee held countless meetings with Prochaska & Associates to study, plan and create design options for a new facility next to and attached to the current courthouse here in Charles City. If the vote to proceed with the referendum is approved by the Board of Supervisors, then we will be in campaign mode to inform and educate the public about the current needs for the jail and courthouse.
We plan on holding public town hall meetings throughout the County which gives the citizens a chance to review the recommended design concepts and ask questions of the committee members and Sheriff's Office staff. Information will be shared in multiple ways that include; newspaper, radio, social media and the Sheriff's website. Feel free to contact any Sheriff's Office employee, County Supervisors or County Auditor concerning any questions you might have. The Sheriff's Office number is 641-228-1821. We look forward to moving ahead.