Here are some cells in the new jail

County expects jail to be ready soon

Ryan Lewis, Editor

The county’s new jail might be ready to pass inspection in the next few weeks.

Major construction wrapped up this spring on the approximately $20 million project to put sheriff offices and a jail in the former Haworth industrial building at 640 River St.

While staff prepares and trains to transfer operations from the current jail in downtown Allegan, the county has worked to put the finishing touches on the facility.

County administrator Rob Sarro said July 24 the county and Michigan Township Services have agreed on a final list of items the county must address before it takes occupancy.

“There are a couple other things identified by MTS we still have to address,” Sarro said. “Things like printing out fire maps and putting them on the wall, clearing insulation off some sprinklers.

“We have passed the fire inspection.”

He said the only major obstacle concerned the undeveloped side of the facility; because vehicles can pull in, it needs to be linked to the building’s ventilation system.

Carbon monoxide detectors must be linked to the system to trigger it to turn on if levels rise too high.

Sarro proposed the county commit to running the ventilation continuously until the system can be linked up.

“It’s frustrating to find out now, but we’re at a point where we need to get past it,” Sarro said.

He said the inspection was expected to be scheduled within the next three weeks; the system linkage installation has been ordered and could be installed within the next three to four weeks.

For full story, pick up a copy of the July 31 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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