Geneva County breaks ground on their new jail

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Sep. 24, 2018 at 4:36 PM CDT
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Geneva County commissioners have officially broken ground on a new jail.

The county is going to spend just over $9 million on the project

The county worked with the construction company to cut some costs associated with sub-contractors on the project.

Once the project begins, it should take about 18 months to complete.

The current jail was constructed in 1963 and built to hold about 49 inmates.

Voters approved a one-cent sales tax to help fund a new jail in 2014.

There is currently about $6 million already raised for the project.

The final amount will be covered with the sale of bonds.

"It's not about one person or anything,” said former Geneva Sheriff Greg Ward. “It took so many people to make this happen. Sheriff Helms worked with me the whole 20 years I was here. It's like I got it started, and he's going to see it through, and that's the way it's supposed to be."

The next thing they need for the jail is more wardens.

"Needing additional staff is something I didn't get this time,” said Geneva County Sheriff Tony Helms. “I was hoping there might be some extra money somewhere, but obviously, the commission looked and there just wasn't any extra money to give me the extra staff this time, but that's something we're going to have to address in the future is additional staff."

Bear Brothers Construction say they want to start work on the jail October 1st, but no later than the 8th.