Gooding County May Build Its Own Jail
Gooding County Commissioners are looking into building their own jail facility to replace their current one that they consider inadequate.
Yesterday the commissioners, along with County Sheriff Shaun Gough, heard a presentation from Walt Femling of Rocky Mount Corrections. The preliminary plan would call for 150 beds in a 27,500 square foot building located on the outskirts of Wendell at a cost of between 7 and 8-million dollars. However, instead of having to get voter approval for a bond, the facility would be leased from private investors at a cost of about $1.15-million dollars a year. The lease would be on a yearly basis and therefore would not require voter approval since it would not be what is considered a “long term” debt. Sheriff Gough says based on current situation with many of the prisoners being housed out of county, Gooding County could save about half a million dollars a year. Gooding officials say they like what they see so far and plan to continue looking into it.