Decision on County Jail to Come August 7

Advertised as a special meeting for the “purpose of making a decision to put the new proposed jail to vote of the citizens,” Antelope County Supervisors took no action Tuesday, delaying a decision on the matter till August 7.
The only vote was to table the final decision to the August meeting. That surprised many in the audience who believed some decision was to have been made.
So, on Tuesday August 7, the supervisors will likely decide the jail issue themselves or have county voters decide in November. Right now, strong consideration is being given to a 30-bed law enforcement center.
According to figures provided by Prochaska & Associates, the total project budget (construction and overhead), should fall just short of $7 million. The number is more than $1.1 million below projected costs of $8.1 million to close the current jail and build a new holding facility, sheriff’s office and dispatch only (prisoners would then be shipped to area jails).

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