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In each county in North Carolina, the sheriff and board of county commissioners share responsibility for the jail.
On Monday evening, the Beaufort County Board of Commissioners voted to stop all spending and construction planning on the proposed new jail by adopting several measures in a resolution presented to the Board by the Stop the Jail Committee.
Recently, I was sent a PDF of a Washington Daily News editorial, by William Buonanno of Chocowinity, detailing the certain ulterior motive by Commissioner Hood Richardson in regards to his campaign to keep the county jail in Beaufort County's county seat.
So by the slim majority of one vote (4-3) the Beaufort County Board of Commissioner has voted to award design and construction management contracts of up to two million dollars for a new jail at the Chocowinity Industrial Park six miles from the county courthouse.
On January 23rd, I had a thorough tour of the Beaufort County Jail and Sheriff's office, where it was clear to me that both of these facilities are in states of gross neglect and lack proper maintenance.
The Beaufort County Commissioners' retreat, held today and again tomorrow (February 20 - 21, 2014) at the North Carolina Estuarium, will not be attended by Commissioners Hood Richardson and Stan Deatherage.
The greatest cost of building a new jail at this time is the opportunity costs. A new school would be a much better use of this money and property than building a jail.
No one has yet offered any kind of cash flow spreadsheet for the public to use in assessing the proposed jail to be built in Chocowinity.
The lame-duck Beaufort County Jail Committee met April 9 and continued its push to ramrod a new jail on the taxpayers before the upcoming elections, when many believe the current majority of one vote will be reversed.
While most Beaufort County voters are concerned about the way the new 20 million dollar jail experience has unfolded, I am not sure they know what the plan is.
Grand Juries are required by General Statute to inspect the county jail one time each year. The Beaufort County Grand Jury did its duty according to their report dated June 23, 2014.
The Beaufort County Commissioners' retreat, held today and again tomorrow (February 20 - 21, 2014) at the North Carolina Estuarium, will not be attended by Commissioners Hood Richardson and Stan Deatherage.
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