Article published December 21, 1990
Feds to pay third of temporary jail's cost
The federal government will pay about one-third of the cost of a temporary jail being built to help ease overcrowding in the Spartanburg County jail. Spartanburg County Council has approved the basic terms of a contract with the U.S. Marshal Service that would allow the federal agency to house up to 25 inmates in the county's temporary jail. The Marshal Service will pay the county $300,000 to offset construction costs and an additional $30 per day for federal prisoners it houses there. Renovations on the county-owned warehouse - the former Sullivan Hardware Building - are expected to be completed by Feb. 20. The temporary jail, which will cost about $1 million, will include four 24-bed dormitory cells for inmates and a fifth cell for weekend inmates. The facility will relieve critical overcrowding in the county jail, which typically houses more than double its 82-inmate capacity. The warehouse will be used until a permanent jail can be built. County officials estimate it will take about three years to build the new jail.
In other business: Spartanburg County will receive about $87,500 to help offset damages caused by the Oct. 11 and 12 floods. A number of county roads and bridges were eroded by the flood and storm runoff, and the county has spent about $112,000 to repair the damages. Windham estimated that another $6,000 to $8,000 will be needed to complete the repairs.
The county will receive about $66,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and a $21,000 state match. The county library has asked the council to study funding options for the Pacolet and Boiling Springs branch libraries. Library Board Chairwoman Pat Ruff said the board was unable to find a suitable building for a new branch library in Pacolet. After studying lease-purchase proposals, the board determined that the financing method may be the best way to address an overcrowding problem at the Boiling Springs branch. The library board estimates it will cost about $27,000 per year to lease the Pacolet branch library and about $45,000 to lease the Boiling Springs branch.