The weekly county jail census report has been running below the facility capacity for many months.
Two or three years ago it was common for the combined detention facility and work release facility to be housing 65 or more offenders.
The weekly jail census report that county commissioners received on Feb. 21 is more typical of the counts in recent months: detention facility 35, work release 11; total 46. Lower jail census counts are being seen in other jurisdictions in the state also.
Sheriff Fred McKee has pointed out that in spite of declining jail populations his detention facility still suffers from design shortcomings which make operations more complicated and difficult than they need to be.
In other business at recent meetings, the BoCC has dealt with the following matters:
• The commissioners agreed to sign a contract for rehabilitation work on the Delta Public Library Carnegie building. The City of Delta is owner of the structure, but the county's signature was required because it owns the library grounds. Money for the work is coming from a Colorado State Historic Preservation Fund grant. The $153,225 project will be paid for with the $93,859 grant and with $59,366 in library district funds. No county funds will be used in the project.
• The commissioners ratified a bid award for a new color printer/plotter in the Geographic Information Systems department. Cost of the new map-making tool is $6,854.blog comments powered by Disqus