At the Fulton County Quorum Court meeting Oct. 14 members of the court requested Judge Curren Everett review the feasibility of relocating the jail, sheriff's office and courtroom to the now vacant building that formerly housed the Tri-County Shirt Factory.
Everett said the 26,970-square-feet building constructed in 1969 is currently being used to store equipment from the shirt factory. The county is receiving $300 a month for storage rental but the insurance on the building is costing close to $900 a year.
Everett said he is not sure that money would be available from the state to conduct a feasibility study because of the increasing budget cutbacks.
He said he believes it is more feasible to build a new facility because remodeling is expensive and extensive. The county is going to have to look at building a new jail and courtroom that is equipped with an elevator and must be handicap accessible. He said guidelines by Jail Standards have to be followed.
In other action, budget committee recommendations for the 2003 budget were reviewed. Appropriations for the year 2002 amounted to $1,442,938 and 2003 budget requests totaled $1,434,194.
The Fulton County Land Use Committee will be learning the mechanics of drafting its Comprehensive Land Plan next month. Fulton County Farm Bureau in conjunction with the land committee has invited Dave Winckler of the Washington State Farm Bureau in a county empowerment discussion and workshop. Winckler will explain how counties can benefit from the program Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m in the Orange Room at the NAEC.
The land use committee will learn the mechanics of drafting its comprehensive land plan the following day at 8:30 a.m during a workshop at the courthouse.
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In other action, $300 was appropriated from search and rescue to county general to pay for night vision equipment for the sheriff's office.
The November quorum court meeting has been rescheduled to Nov. 18.