“We threw it in kind of towards the end as we were going to get this RFP out to provide an option for the city depending on how the cost came back for you to consider the project and explore the ways the city and county can work together in this as we have on so many other projects,” McKenrick told council members.
McKenrick also explained how critical the Clinton County jail is to the city.
Clinton residents accounted for 59 percent of all bookings in the Clinton County Jail during fiscal year 2013. In the most recent quarter, the jail population was 75 percent Clinton residents, McKenrick said.
Without a local jail, the city would have paid up to $62,280 to house those inmates in neighboring counties, not including the cost of transportation.
The assessment should be complete by November. With the assessment in hand, officials will then seek public input before putting a referendum before voters for a new facility.
“We know that we need something,” McKenrick said. “But what we need, there are still a lot of questions that need answered before we can go to the taxpayers and let them know.”