Juvenile facility still in holding mode

Published 8:00 pm Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Supervisors are still in holding mode with regard to locating a new juvenile detention facility, waiting for talks with Adams County to proceed.

Bob Allen, attorney for Lincoln County supervisors, told the board during their Tuesday morning meeting that he has sent a provisional agreement to Adams County regarding a contract allowing Lincoln County to house its juvenile offenders in Adams County.

“I just decided to draft one and let them look at it,” Allen said. “Get the ball rolling.”

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Juveniles can’t be held with adult offenders, and Lincoln County authorities have been sending the juveniles they’ve arrested to a detention center in Pike County.

That center closed this month, facing legal fire over housing conditions.

Facilities in Rankin and Adams counties offer the closest centers for Lincoln County’s use.

Rankin won’t offer a contract guaranteeing the availability of beds, but Adams seems prepared to do so.

In other business, supervisors moved through a fairly routine agenda pretty quickly but were briefly hung up over travel expenses.

County administrator David Fields presented supervisors with a request from Justice Court judges Joe Portrey and Chris King.

The judges wanted supervisors to approve the reimbursement of travel expenses for an upcoming judicial development training.

Fields said the men usually attend about two such trainings a year. At least one of them is required, he said.

District One Supervisor the Rev. Jerry Wilson wanted the two men present before the board.

“I don’t know why they couldn’t come up here,” Wilson said.

Fields replied, “They do. They come through me.”

The District One supervisor has long expressed a desire that officials requesting money from the board appear in person before supervisors.

Wilson didn’t elaborate any more about the matter but didn’t offer an “aye” vote on the motion.

“Reverend, you in favor?” asked District Four Supervisor Eddie Brown, filling in for absent board president Nolan Williamson.

“Nope,” Wilson said.

The motion passed on a 3-1 vote.

Supervisors did unanimously vote to take possession of a previously private road intersecting with Dunn-Ratcliff Road that provides access to the Super 8 motel and Furniture Factory Outlet.

Fields said the owners of the Super 8 repaved and improved the road, prompting supervisors to approve turning it public.