Marshall_County_JailDuring the July 15th Marshall County Commissioners meeting, President, Kevin Overmyer said RQAW, the architects who built the current jail is putting a proposal together to build an addition on to the jail.

With increasing population in the jail over the past couple years the county is looking for ways to alleviate the overcrowding issue that has been evident most of this year.

The jail was built in 2007 to house a maximum of 238 inmates at capacity. For months those number have been well above that number, as high as 265.

While the sheriff has suggested moving inmates to another facility, a long term solution is needed.

Overmyer said when the jail was built in 2007 it was designed large enough to support the addition of another inmate pod.  He said the proposal from RQAW will offer a 230 bed and a 260 option.

During the meeting the commissioners said a bond issue will be needed to fund the new construction.  They plan to work with Todd Samuelson from Baker Tilly and will have to make a determination if they want to work with Ice Miller who was the original bond council or if they want to use Barnes and Thornburg who can do the bond work and are more local.

The commissioners took no action during their meeting.