Wednesday, March 10, 1999

Costs of new county jail investigated

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        INDEPENDENCE — Kenton Fiscal Court will discuss Tuesdaywhether the county can afford to build a new jail at a proposed site that's generated opposition from Fort Wright and Edgewood residents.

        The meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Kenton County Courthouse in Independence.

        In December, the outgoing fiscal court recommended the county replace its crowded, inefficient jail near Covington's riverfront by building a new facility south of Interstate 275 and east of Ky. 17.

        However, Kenton Judge-executive Dick Murgatroyd and the other fiscal court members have said they want to make sure the $38 million cost of a new jail is justified before they go any further.

        Mr. Murgatroyd recently asked county staff to research a number of issues, including what the county can afford to pay for a new jail. Based on what the county can afford, Mr. Murgatroyd wants to know what its options are on a number of issues, including whether the current jail near Covington's riverfront should be kept, and a smaller satellite facility built.

        “I want to take the time next Tuesday to review all the information we've gathered with the (fiscal) court,” Mr. Murgatroyd said.

        He said public hearings on possible jail sites will probably be in April.


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