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Finance committee discusses jail costs
The Glynn County Sheriff's Office will not have to ask the county commission to approve every purchase it makes for daily jail operations if the commission approves a general operating budget of nearly $100,000 annually for the facility being constructed on Ross Road.

The commission's finance committee approved a recommendation for the operating budget and discussed other items related to the construction and operation of the jail at a meeting Tuesday at the Harold Pate Building.

If it is approved by the whole commission, the operating budget will provide the sheriff's office with $97,623 of funding from court penalties.

The fund will be important to ensuring purchases can be made as needed, "so operations can continue smoothly throughout the year," Sheriff Neal Jump said in his request for approval of the fund. Jump said the money will be used mostly to pay for emergency purchases.

But before any money can be spent, the new jail must be completed. That may end up costing a little more than anticipated.

The committee delayed a discussion about whether to recommend a nearly $35,000 construction change order.

Jim Ingram, an architect with IPG of Valdosta, said the original estimates by contractors came in at more than $40,000 for the entire scope of the work requested in the change order. He said he is asking for new estimates and hopes to have another change order request for the committee by next month.

The committee discussed installing lights in the parking lot at the new jail.

County Administrator Alan Ours said if the county agrees to pay $128,600 of the up front cost to Georgia Power to install the lights, Georgia Power will offer a lowered monthly lease charge of $953 for the system.

Ours said the money to pay for the lighting system will come from $150,000 that will be taken out of the budget for furniture and equipment at the jail that currently has a surplus.

In other business, the committee:

* Agreed to recommend a request be prepared for proposals to seek a consultant for purchase and set up of equipment to replace the aging public safety radio system.

* Approved a recommendation by Board of Elections Director Cindy Johnson to create a part-time employee for the board office, beginning Jan. 2. The 25-hour-a-week position would be paid $10.65 hourly to assist with administrative duties.

* Will recommend that the full commission renew contracts with Keep Brunswick and the Golden Isles Beautiful, the University of Georgia Agricultural Extension Office and with Emergency Communications Network.

The next regular commission meeting will be at 6 p.m. July 18 at the historic county courthouse, 701 G St., Brunswick.

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