GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN) — Work is still taking place on the new Geneva County Jail.
The jail has been under construction since it was approved by the County Commission last September. The workers have faced a few delays from weather including Hurricane Michael. Despite these delays, construction on the jail is three weeks ahead of schedule.
The project cost is $13 million, and funds for the project came from a one-cent tax increase that was voted for by the community.
“We still have a little bit of that one cent to take care of the jail, but our sheriff is doing a great job managing his money. So, we’re going to have a lot of money left over to go back to roads,” said Weston Spivey, District 1 Geneva County Commissioner. “And roads and bridges are so crucial because the best two things you can have in county government is good services: Fire, Police, EMS, and good sheriff deputies. And then of course, good infrastructure. Good infrastructure is the heartbeat of our county.”
Spivey said the previous jail faced overcrowding issues, but the new one will hold 160 inmates. The transition from the old jail to the new jail should be in early January 2020.