Supervisors, Sheriff Continue Discussion Of Expanded County Jail Facility
by Joseph Schany
Palo Alto County Sheriff Lynn Schultes met with the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday morning to discus ongoing plans for a new jail facility to be constructed in Emmetsburg. Schultes, along with John Hansen, Midwest Construction Consultants, provided an update to the Board on their current progress.
“We are in the process of developing the final presentations of the project,” said Hansen, offering numerous details regarding the proposed construction.
According to Hansen, the structure will be called the Palo Alto County Public Safety Center, which is more in line with what the facility will offer to the community.
“The thing that seems to get lost is that it is not just a jail,” Hansen began. “It will also comprise the Emergency Operations Center, E911, and operate as Emergency Management. It is also going to serve for our state parole officers coming into town, the Sheriff’s Department, and jail. The Public Safety Center is a much better and appropriate name for the facility.”
Originally, a 32-bed capacity for the Public Safety Center was discussed, but further research into county specifics and budgetary considerations offered a different conclusion.
“We came up with jail classifications,” said Hansen. “We don’t want to focus on beds only. The critical thing is we wanted the ability to separate certain types of individuals from each other.”
The Public Safety Center is to be designed as a Podular Remote Supervision County Jail. To control costs the classification of the facility and its 18 beds are listed as follows:
• Male Max: Two single occupancy cells (two beds)
• Male Medium/Max: Two single occupancy cells (two beds)
• Male General Population: One dormitory cell (four beds)
• Work Release/Gen. Population: One dormitory cell (four beds)
• Female or Male Max: Two single occupancy cells (two beds)
• Female or Male Medium/Max: Two single occupancy cells (two beds)
• Special Status (Suicide watch, etc.): Two single occupancy cells (two beds)
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