Woodbury County Board of Supervisors move forward with LEC expansion

Architects interviewed for the expansion project downtown

By Christina Grijalva | cgrijalva@kcautv.com

Published 02/10 2016 07:08PM

Updated 02/10 2016 09:22PM

The Law Enforcement Center in Sioux City is a step closer to expanding, after today's Woodbury County Supervisors meeting.

The board  is moving forward to expand the 16-year-old building downtown.

Woodbury County Supervisor, Jeremy Taylor says that right now, it's all about deciding who is best for the job.

Three architects were interviewed for the project earlier this afternoon.

With limited space at the jail, this expansion would allow the county to house about 50 more inmates.

Some upgrades for the building would include; a new electrical system, new boilers, a hot water system and air conditioning.

"Over the next week, the five different entities, including the sheriffs office, the taxpayers research council, the board of supervisors, our building services and the Baker group, our consultants, will work together on scoring this request for qualification," said Taylor. "Then we'll come back with a recommendation for the board of supervisors for ultimate approval."

The decision to expand the LEC comes as the county makes plans to close the Prairie Hills Facility, that's being used to house over-flow prisoners, with non-violent offenses, on the weekends.

It also serves as the kitchen where food is made for the jail inmates.

Taylor hopes they can lock down an architect soon and stick to a budget under 1.2 million dollars for the project.

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