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Funding running out for Woodbury Co. Jail security upgrades


A security boost is almost complete for the Woodbury County jail. "Phase 1" will cost $1.2-million, and almost all of the money has been spent.

The Sheriff's Department went before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to let them know how they plan to spend the final amount. 

They will be purchasing additional storage space for video recording, so they can keep video records longer. Plus, they plan to buy even more security cameras. Major Todd Wieck said there will still be more work to do, when the funding runs out. "The sheriff's administration doesn't believe we're done. We've got a lot of areas that need upgrades in the jail, but that will be left entirely up to how the board of supervisors decide to proceed with those upgrades," Woodbury Co. Sheriff's Dept. Major Todd Wieck said.

Some of the upgrades Wieck would like to see in the future include creating more space in the booking area and changing the medical observation area.

Supervisor Larry Clausen said that doesn't look like it's going to happen any time soon. "'Phase 1,' when that is over, that's the money that was borrowed, to do that work. You cannot supplement that money at this point in time," Clausen said. Clausen said the taxpayers would pay the price if the jail needs more upgrades.

The Sheriff's Department says it understands the board doesn't want to make another financial commitment at this point, even though there's more to be done.

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