The Cache County Council has approved a $1.75 million revenue-bond sale to finance expansion of the county jail.
Bond counselor Dwight Osbourne of Bottcher & Co. told the council Tuesday night that the fixed rate of 6.63 percent was "extremely good considering there is a jittery market because of the Persian Gulf war."Sheriff Sid Groll said the upgraded jail will handle expected growth in the inmate population for no more than five years, but will help meet stipulations in a court order stemming from an inmates' suit contending inhumane treatment from overcrowding and deteriorating conditions.
County officials agreed to implement the expansion within 90 days and limit the number of inmates to 45 on weekdays and 51 on weekends.
Groll said he has expanded the work-release program and has asked judges to use alternative sentences whenever possible.
He said the first phase of the project will involve converting the vacant chamber of the commerce building adjacent to the law enforcement building into administrative offices for his department.
"The space previously occupied by these offices will be used to add between 20 and 30 beds to the jail," he said.