County cooks up LCDC temporary kitchen deal

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County Detention Center Administrator and Warden Mike Sutton and Limestone County officials are gearing up for the installation of new tile at the private prison’s kitchen. The work will incur significant costs to set up a temporary kitchen for the several weeks the regular kitchen will not be usable.
The county went through this process several years ago when the current, defective flooring was installed, and the cost of the temporary kitchen was around $50,000, more than the cost of the floor, noted County Judge Daniel Burkeen at last Monday’s commissioners court meeting..
Consequently, Burkeen was pleased to tell the commissioners that Sutton had found a company that will set up a temporary kitchen for the private prison for less than a third the earlier cost, only $13,995, – but they wanted the check that day.
“My understanding was they could do (the floor a) part at a time and it wasn’t going to interfere with operations,” Burkeen said of the company installing the floor, “but it turns out no, they’ve got to shut down the whole kitchen for three or four weeks, which is a big impact. We’ve got ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) inmates out there.”
He said $1,000 of the $13,995 was considered a deposit, and the county would get that back when the work was complete.
“We’ve got to keep the hot meals going for the ICE inmates; we can’t not do that,” Burkeen said.

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