(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - Funding has been approved, allowing a new Dearborn County Jail expansion to move forward.
On Tuesday, Dearborn County Council voted 5-2 to approve the funding for the $9.3 million expansion project at the Lawrenceburg facility. The funding decision had been tabled from previous meetings.
The entire cost will be paid out of the county’s Riverboat Savings Fund. Because of that, no bond will be required making the project funding interest-free.
Council members Jim Hughes and Dan Lansing voted against the funding. They have said they wanted to see the issue put to Dearborn County voters to decide in a referendum.
In February, council approved spending $72,000 on a new financial analysis, soil study, and the construction firm hiring. Maxwell Construction, of Greendale, was hired as the construction manager in May.
As it stands now, the 23-year-old Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center holds about 216 inmates, according to a study by architect firm RQAW (http://www.dearborncounty.org/ClientFiles/DBC/file/Commissioners/RQAW%20report%20for%20web.pdf). The expansion will create space for up to 249 new beds for a total of 465.