County prison building only needs two inspections to open

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson told commissioners court last week that F Building at the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned prison, is very nearly ready to open, which will increase the prison’s bed capacity by 96.
Commissioners heard this report at their Oct. 10 meeting and made other decisions concerning law enforcement, the county’s roads and bridges, and the quality of life in Limestone County.
Concerning the LCDC, Wilson said he and LaSalle Corrections, the company that operates the prison, were waiting for the state fire marshal’s office to send a fire inspector to check F Building, and that was the last significant action they had to take to get it ready for occupancy. Once the building passes the fire inspection, he said he would arrange for the Jail Commission to do its final inspection to certify the building as ready to house inmates.
In other matters, the court approved paying invoices for the LCDC totaling $17,728, which broke down as $7,436 for utilities, and $10,292 for safety testing required by the Jail Commission.
Also at the meeting, Wilson gave the September statistics on the Law Enforcement Center, which includes the Sheriff’s Office, County Jail and Dispatch Department.

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