Board of Supervisors Chairman Herb Crampton announced today that the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House of the new Buena Vista County Law Enforcement Center, located at 413 Expansion Blvd., Storm Lake will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, beginning at 10 a.m. The public is invited.
Tours will follow the Ribbon Cutting ceremonies and will continue until 4 p.m. This will allow the public to tour the approximately 29,000 square foot facility which includes the Sheriff's Administration, the Communications Center, Emergency Management Agency, and the Emergency Operations Center. All Buena Vista County citizens are invited to attend this ceremony.
"This facility will eliminate the cost of housing prisoners in other facilities, reduce the transportation time and costs, and allow temporary holds on juveniles, saving expense at NW Youth Emergency Services in Cherokee," Crampton said.
"The current jail in the Buena Vista County Courthouse was built in 1969, with an 18 bed capacity, but has housed up to 21 prisoners with as many as 12 additional persons being transported to neighboring county jails. The new jail was constructed to house 48 persons plus holding cells, with the ability to expand to 71 at a future time. The new facility also increases the capacity for work release, in-house monitoring and other alternatives, which will continue to be used to manage costs."
The Board of Supervisors wants to thank citizens for support in making this facility a reality, he said. "The old jail had an inadequate number of cells and was an inefficient space due to crowding causing safety issues. We hope all Buena Vista County taxpayers can attend the Open House".