Law center readying for inspector

John Rohlf | Clinton Herald Progress continues to be made on the new Clinton County Law Center in Clinton. Sheriff’s office employees will start moving into the building next week.

CLINTON — Clinton County Sheriff’s Office employees will move into the new Clinton County Law Center next week.

Clinton County Facilities Manager Corey Johnson said the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office will move into the new Law Center facility Monday. The jail sections for visits also will be closed Monday, Clinton County Law Center Chief Deputy Steve Diesch said.

Clinton County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dan Srp said Friday that the next big step for the county is to have the state jail inspector come in and sign off on the building as being ready to be occupied and used as a detention facility. Srp said the anticipated inspection date is slated in about three weeks but is contingent on when other items are completed.

Johnson added that when the jail is inspected the building has to be 100 percent completed.

“There can’t be leftover ceiling tile or carpet in the building even though it’s what they call our attic stock that we get to hold on hand,” Johnson said. “All bed mattresses have to be in place. All water valves and sinks have to be tested prior to them, him coming, because of pressure and splatter. And so, yeah, when the state jail inspector comes the building has to be just like we’re ready to walk into it with inmates that very first day.”

Johnson added that the state jail inspector will measure the size of every cell and day room and the amount of light intake that comes into each cell. He added they will carry out a full fire. The jail will be filled with smoke before the state jail inspector arrives to make sure all the systems are working properly. The inspection will span two days, Diesch said.

Supervisor Tom Determann wants to ensure the public can come to an open house and tour the facility when it is completed. Johnson and Srp both confirmed the county is planning on offering those events to the community. Srp said that due to previous delays the county is remaining committed to ensuring they will meet the requirements of the state jail inspector and have him sign off on the building before scheduling the dates for the community events.

“We want to be thorough and be correct in how we move forward,” Srp said. “And so for now that process is to get the inspector through and get him to sign off. And then we will immediately be scheduling for those open house dates and completing the rest of the transition of moving the inmates into the new building and beginning the process that you outlined of removing the existing Law Center and starting to transition that space into our new parking lot.”

Johnson anticipates the old jail will start to be taken down in mid-September.