County commission to consider feasibility study provider Monday

Published 3:00 am Saturday, June 24, 2017

After months of searching, the Pike County Commission may have finally found an organization that can provide them with a jail feasibility study.

Russell Johnson, District 6 commissioner and member of the jail committee, said the committee has found a group based out of Montgomery that he thinks can provide the feasibility study as requested.

“Monday night we’re going to bring someone to the meeting that the committee has met and listened to a presentation from,” Johnson said. “We’re going to bring them before the entire commission Monday night so they can ask questions and listen to the history of the business and what they do and how they get it done.”

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Johnson did not give the name of the organization, but said the group has done jail feasibility studies before, including one for Montgomery County.

The commission is also set to review a rough draft of a resolution levying a sales tax Monday, but Johnson said he believes the commissioners will still have much more discussion before passing a resolution.

“(Allen Jones, county attorney) told us he needs to get the guts of it together and let us publicly discuss options,” Johnson said. “All we want to do is talk about the pros and cons in public.”

Johnson said the only thing to keep in mind about getting a resolution passed sooner rather than later is that the feasibility study would likely fall under construction costs supplied by the tax.

“Part of that is planning,” Johnson said. “These people are going to be helping craft a budget and crafting a plan around our budget so we build what we can afford to furnish. They’re trying to help us figure out a bunch of different things we’re going to do.

“The biggest thing is, if we need to do something in 60 days we’ve got to pass it 30 days sooner than that,” Johnson said. “There’s a lag in any money coming in. If we want to do something in the timeframe of September, you’d really need to pass it in July. We’ve got to enact it and business owners have to have 30 days notice, so you’ve got a long lag time.”

and will be followed by the commission meeting at 6 p.m.