$115M jail nears completion
by Liz Marino
lmarino@mdjonline.com
September 15, 2012 12:56 AM | 2277 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DOUGLASVILLE — “It’s built,” Chief Deputy Stan Copeland told Douglas County Commissioners during a recent update on the new, $115 million jail.

The chief deputy reported that construction is now 99 percent complete and remaining items are primarily cleaning and checking a punch list.

“The largest projects are landscaping,” Copeland said. “The fiber network coming into the jail has been installed and LEED (energy-efficient) compliant signage is still being manufactured.”

Inspections from the fire marshal, the health department and city inspector have been completed, and a certificate of occupancy will be given to the sheriff’s department at the end of September to begin employee training, Copeland told the board.

“When everything is done, we will get a complete certificate of occupancy,” he said.

The jail, located on South Cherokee Boulevard, is starting to shape up, with 70 percent of furniture installed and new computers onsite ready to be hooked up, Copeland said.

The only hitch right now is with the security electronics.

“There are 300 cameras and right now there is too much grain on the cameras to ID people who are all dressed alike,” Copeland said.

Staff training begins Oct. 1, while maintenance staff training begins next week.

Copeland announced that the sheriff’s department is planning public open houses before inmates are moved into the facility.

The new jail is being paid for with a 1 percent special purpose local option sales tax Douglas County voters approved in 2010.
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