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Jail expansion is locked up for now
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A proposed Warren County Jail expansion is a dead issue, at this time.

The county Financial Management Committee met Tuesday and took no action on a measure coming from the Building and Grounds Committee to send a resolution to the full Warren County Commission to borrow $9 million for jail expansion.

“It was a vote just saying they supported it,” said Commissioner Scott Rubley. “It really didn’t have any legal binding. He said they just wanted to make it known to the next County Commission that they were in favor of it.”

A resolution to borrow $9 million will not be on next month’s full Warren County Commission agenda.

“This will have to be considered a little later on after committees are set,” said Finance Department director Linda Hillis.

Financial Management first met Aug. 13 to consider project bids received. All four bids were above the $6.5 million budget, ranging from $8.3 million to $9.09 million. At that time, members sent the measure to Building and Grounds which met Thursday. That committee unanimously voted to send a resolution to the full Warren County Commission to borrow $9 million.

The back and forth between committees means the project is back to the drawing board, including a second bidding process.