The county Jail Oversight Committee met Friday morning to discuss the repair or replacement of several key pieces of equipment.
“It’s scary out here when everything is not working right,” said jail administrator Eddie Knowles.
Foremost is replacing the 24 batteries in the UPS backup system. According to County Executive Herschel Wells, “What this UPS system does is it operates the locks to the cells, and operates the tower. When the electricity goes out, if that’s not up and running then it’s dark and you can’t get the locks open except with a key.”
The cell locks and tower do not run off the jail generator.
The batteries are $112 each, with a total cost of $3,312. A one-year maintenance contract will cost $650. A motion was approved unanimously to move forward with the purchase of the batteries and contract from Communications Evolutions.
The committee also approved repair of cameras in the booking room, speakers in the rear gate, and the fire panel. The camera and speaker repairs will cost $742 and the fire panel $2,600. The committee of chairman Morris Bond and Commissioners Carl D. Bouldin, Billy Earl Jones, Kenny Roberts, and Scott Rubley voted 5-0 to approve the purchases.
Other items discussed were the purchase of two spare locks, and getting price quotes for waxing the jail floors and having the mobile trailer outside the jail underpinned. All passed unanimously.
Pending approval of a state grant, plans are for the trailer to be used for maintenance classes.