The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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June 12, 2012

Financing for Jasper County jail approved

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Part of the financing for a project to renovate the Jasper County jail will come via a loan form UMB Bank, members of the Jasper County commission said Tuesday.

Commissioners approved the loan, at a rate of 1.65 percent which is to finance approximately $478,000 of the project to upgrade security systems at the jail.

Other funding is to come from $200,000 the commission has set aside from the general fund reserve, plus $137,500 allocated from the Law Enforcement Sales Tax.

Cornerstone Detention Products, Tanner, Ala., is the contractor on the project to cost $816,000. The work is to include repairing or replacing all security doors and hardware at the jail, replacing electronic security systems, integrating the current closed circuit television system, and installing a new fire alarm system Jail officials have reported problems with systems that control lights, alarms and door locks, as well as with locks on doors that inmates are able to open. Though Sheriff’s Department officials have been involved in planning for the project, the jail has been a source of conflict between Sheriff Archie Dunn and members of the County Commission.

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