The first meeting of the county's Jail Expansion Task Force was mostly an organizational affair, with members electing officers before touring the existing jail facility.
Members of the task force include Board of Supervisors Chair Herb Crampton, County Supervisor Bill Lanphere, Glen Huntington, Storm Lake City Administrator John Call, Public Safety Director Mark Prosser, Dave Stanton, Bill Strawn, Wayne Westergaard, Dale Arends, Ralph Mosbo and Buena Vista County Sheriff Chuck Eddy.
A need for more jail space has been an ongoing concern for several years following increased outside incarceration costs in the sheriff's department budget. When the county's jail is full, inmates must be transferred to neighboring facilities like the Cherokee or O'Brien County jails.
The jail task force is not limiting its options at this point, Crampton said, which include remodeling or renovation of the jail, expansion, replacement of the existing facility, or the renovation of another location if feasible.
The task force will also examine the original design of the Courthouse, which was drawn up to allow for a future expansion on its north side.
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