County Continues Research on Jail Options   

(Monticello) – Sullivan County Manager David P Fanslau sent letters on January 29, 2010 to Orange County Executive Edward Diana and Ulster County Executive Mike Hein regarding the ability of their respective counties to provide guaranteed cell space for a fixed amount of inmates, both short-term and long-term.  

The Sullivan County Jail has portions that date to 1909, and recently the Chairman of the New York State Commission of Correction verbally ordered a section of the circa 1909 jail closed due to “crumbling infrastructure”.  There may be a need to house inmates in another county’s jail during the period that portions of the Sullivan County jail are deemed unusable in the short-term, as well as, an option to enter into a long-term Inter-Municipal Agreement (IMA) between counties for a fixed and known escalator in boarding fees.

“Sullivan County would need to determine the fixed contract rate for housing sentenced inmates at another county’s jail, in comparison to the capital cost avoidance of constructing a cell pod at Sullivan County’s potential new facility,” said Fanslau.

Additionally, Fanslau has arranged for Sullivan County officials and engineers to tour the closed Woodbourne Annex located at the Woodbourne Correctional Facility to determine whether the Woodbourne Annex and property associated with the Annex would provide a solution and alternative to the needs of Sullivan County’s jail situation.  That tour will take place on Tuesday, February 16th, as arranged by the Office of Governor Paterson.

Fanslau is also exploring options available to permit Sullivan County to engage the private sector to construct the new Sullivan County Jail, and the County would lease the facility back from the organization that constructs the facility.  This arrangement would allow the County to have more attractive financing terms, as well as, it may insulate the County against any construction costs overruns.  Any private sector arrangement would provide for a Project Labor Agreement to ensure that the project maintains conditions acceptable to Sullivan County.

“The County Legislature has directed me to explore all of the potential options available, and provide them with a full body of research,” said Fanslau.

Fanslau added that an initial report will be made to the County Legislature in March 2010.

For more information about this press release, please contact David Fanslau, County Manager, at 845-807-0450.

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