County May Tear Down Old Jail Building

County May Tear Down Old Jail Building

The Johnson County Commissioners are contemplating what to do with the old Justice Center, or jail building that was vacated when the new Justice Center was built next door a few years ago.

After the new Justice Center was up and running, the Justice Center Joint Powers Board looked into utilizing the building any way they could, eventually settling with housing the Volunteers of America and their juvenile justice and probation program.

The joint powers board has been trying to maintain the building, dealing with a leaky roof, windows and other problems since the VOA has moved in there.

After a number of years of patching this and band-aiding that, it may be time for the county to cut their losses and tear the building down.

Commissioner Jim Hicks, who serves on the Justice Center JPB, spoke to the other commissioners at their last meeting, telling them it looks more and more like the most cost-effective plan would be to rid themselves of the troublesome building.

Hicks said the board will discuss the issue further at an upcoming meeting will finalize their decision, at which point he and the commissioners will take their recommendation and make the final decision.

If the board chooses to demolish the old jail, the county will help relocate those housed in the jail and then begin tearing the structure down next fall at the earliest.

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