County tweaks LCDC bed price to save jobs

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By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Though the Limestone County Detention Center is virtually closed since it has no inmates, county officials say they are looking for a new source of inmates. At last Monday’s meeting, commissioners took care of various LCDC business, heard about a power outage at the Fairgrounds and considered switching to off-road diesel to save money.

County Judge Daniel Burkeen expressed confidence in finding a new source of inmates, saying they are working on problem.
“People need to understand it’s an up-and-down business all the time,” he said. “This has happened before; it’s the end of the budget year. We will (get inmates); it’s just a matter of finding them sooner rather than later. The new federal budget kicks in, in October. Immigration legislation is pending; that’ll call for more beds. So, there’s a lot of good possibilities. It’s just a matter of trying to minimize the down time.”

He said there is a skeleton staff at the LCDC overseeing the maintenance work being done.

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