MOUNT PLEASANT — Midwest Construction’s Mike Adkins and Henry County Sheriff Rich McNamee presented the Henry County Board of Supervisors with preliminary, or as Adkins called them “pretty much final” floor plans for the new Henry County Law Center Thursday.
Although the plans are eligible to changes until they receive McNamee’s final signature, the current plans show a 24,283 square foot jail located 2.5 acre site on Grand Avenue in Mount Pleasant.
The jail will likely have 60 beds, with expansion capabilities to 96 beds.
The 36 bed expansion capability means the plumbing and electrical needs are already in place and easily hooked up to, explained Adkins.
“So all it’s missing really is the cell door, the beds, toilets and sinks and the stairs,” said McNamee.
The new deputy squad room will be 35 by 15 foot, upgrading from the current law center’s 12 by 12 foot room. The new control and dispatch center will also grow to 36 by 36 feet.
“You’re going to have to drop bread crumbs in there to find your way out,” Adkins joked to McNamee.
McNamee said the additional space will be easy to get used to, however other changes like switching to a system with more inmate classifications will be a learning process.
The current jail simply separates men from women and juveniles from adults. However, the new jail will include classifications such as maximum security and general population.
The preliminary floor plans also provide designs for a four car sallyport.
The supervisors questioned where Henry County’s police dog will be kept, and McNamee said that had not been added to the plans at this time. The police dog, along with those of many other counties, are kept in their specially outfitted police vehicles during the work day when they are not home with their owner.
In the cold winter months and hot summer months, those cars are left running the entire work day.
Adkins and McNamee said the project is also making progress with geothermal, design documents, civil engineering drawings, and security and electronic equipment.
“I think we’re pretty close,” McNamee said about the final plans.