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Leaky roof, mold among repair needs at Floyd County jail

April 13, 2015

A southern Indiana jail is battling a leaky roof, mold and other problems that need costly repairs sooner than later, but financial challenges could make the work a daunting task.

Floyd County Sheriff Frank Loop says the jail is just 23 years old but has the wear and tear of a 69-year-old building because of its frequent use. Loop told county commissioners that the roof leaks, windows and doors need to be replaced, the kitchen has mold problems and poor air flow leaves some housing areas too hot and others too cold.

The only upgrade to the jail since it opened in 1992 was to bunk the beds to increase the facility's capacity from 134 inmates to 234 in 1996, Loop told the News and Tribune.

Replacing the roof alone would require about $250,000, he noted.

"I am trying to develop an action plan to address these issues. I am not saying we need to leave this building, I am stating we need to renovate it," Loop said. He told commissioners he would be asking for funds soon for a study and estimate of the needs.

Floyd County faces a $1.2 million deficit in its general fund, according to county auditor Scott Clark. He said the county can't tap $5 million that's sitting in a long-term cash account because it isn't revenue and would have to be repaid by June.

The Floyd County Council plans to meet Tuesday to discuss the general fund shortfall.

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