City, County Looking at Old Jail for VOA Offices

Johnson County Commissioners
Johnson County Commissioners

The Criminal Justice Center Joint Powers Board met at the county commissioner's meeting last week to discuss the possibility of using the old justice center to house the Volunteers of America's Johnson County Juvenile Probation Services Offices.

The JPB is looking at a number of possible uses for the old justice center, and VOA is interested in using some of the facility.

The front half of the building, where dispatch and the offices were located, is in fair condition and could be reconditioned and used, it is believed. The back section of the building where the jail cells were is in poor shape and would be blocked off if it is decided to house VOA and/or others in the front section of the building.

Heath Steel, Vice President of Operations for VOA of the Northern Rockies, explained why the county may save money by housing the office in the old justice center.

The JPB decided to have estimates done on replacing carpeting, painting and some roof repair in the front section of the building, and will also look at other problems with windows and ADA compliance in the building. Estimates are expected to be back and no decision made until the JPB's next meeting in January.

If everything can be worked out and the building is usable, VOA could be moved into the building by Spring, in time for their new contract to be renewed.

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