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Rowan Fiscal Court Considers Jail Options


The Rowan County Fiscal Court has asked the construction firm and architect for the county’s new regional jail to present cost options for building facilities that would include 240 or 296 beds.

President of Trace Creek Construction Sam Howard says the smaller detention center would span just over 52-thousand square feet while the other option would be about nine-thousand square feet larger.

“We will work with the jailer and with all the folks at fiscal court and at each fiscal court meeting we will present different design scenarios to the court. That’s typically a three months to a six months process to really get to where we have a design document. It depends on where we start from and how many changes we have to make to get it within a cost that they can afford.” –Sam Howard

Howard had sought from the fiscal court a dollar figure on how much Rowan County could spend on a new jail. He says that would help with design of the facility. However, magistrates declined to name a specific figure.

Democrat Darrell Glover represents District Two and says the jail plans need to be adjusted during the process to accommodate the budget.


“Our bonding agent hasn’t told us for sure what we can bond. We should tell them what we want and let them tell us what it’s gonna cost us then we can make adjustments from there to fit our budget.” –Darrell Glover

Glover does say he doubts if Rowan County can afford to spend more than 18-million dollars on a new detention center. 

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