PDT Staff Writer
The Scioto County Commissioners have approved the funding for a fence to go around part of the Scioto County Jail where a fence had apparently been left out of the original plans.
“The Sheriff has requested the money to install some security fencing around an area that should have been a secure location at the jail in the first place,” Scioto County Commissioners Chairman Mike Crabtree said. “They have had some broken windows and they have had some things happen in an area where it shouldn’t have. So they wanted to extend the security fence around a certain portion.”
Crabtree said the cost of the job would be $24,960, and the contract has been awarded to Professional Fences in Lucasville.
“It’s probably something that should have been done but was overlooked,” Crabtree said.
Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini said recently that some security issues had come up because of the lack of fencing around part of the jail, so he applied for the money to have the fence installed. “We are asking to complete it and apparently they are going to approve it, as long as the Scioto County Financial Planning and Supervision Commission approves it when they meet next week,” Donini said.
Donini said the fence will be the same kind of fence already around the rest of the facility. It will be a fence with double razor wire on top, meaning the entire jail will be enclosed by a double razor fence.
“The fence will go around the area directly around the dormitory portion of the jail,” Donini said. “When the jail was first constructed, that was the only area that, for some reason, didn’t have a security fence around it. Right now it is easily accessible for the public to walk right up to the windows.”
Donini said the jail has security cameras which also aid in keeping the facility secure.
The Commissioners also said the county’s contract with Lawrence County, for the rental of beds in the jail, had been extended. Lawrence County reserves 10 beds per day, and pays for those beds whether they are used or not.
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