Webster county officials making a push for a new jail

County officials are looking to replace the old building.
Published: Sep. 19, 2022 at 6:19 PM CDT
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RED CLOUD, Neb. (KSNB) - After more than a century, a new jail may be on its way to Webster county.

The current Webster county law center, which serves as both a jail and the Wester County Sheriff’s Department office, was built in the late 1880s. The building is showing signs of deterioration and is beyond the point of a renovation.

Webster County Sheriff Troy Schmitz told Local4 News the building should have been replaced 50 years ago.

“We’ve outgrown the building as far as the electrical capacity unit, everything’s computers now so that takes up a lot more, radios have grown so, we just need a new modern facility,” Schmitz said.

County officials have been making a push to see a new justice center come into the picture and replace the old law center.

The proposed building would house the sheriff’s office as well as four to five jail cells, used as a 96-hour holding facility.

Schmitz noted, their current jail doesn’t meet their needs.

“With this jail being so old, we’re not able to classify inmates properly to separate either an inmate that’s maybe ill or an inmate that’s a problem for safety, security concerns,” he said. “If we isolate that inmate, we then take up the rest of the cells.”

In order to make the plans official, Webster county residents must vote to pass the bond issue on the November election ballot.

Prior to voting, the public in invited to attend a number of informational meetings about the new building.

Dates, times and sites for the meetings are listed below:

-September 28th, 5:00 p.m.: Community Center, Blue Hill, NE

-September 28th, 7:00 p.m.: Fire Hall, Bladen, NE

-October 12th, 5:00 p.m.: Guide Rock Community Center, Guide Rock, NE

-October 12th, 7:00 p.m.: Red Cloud Community Center, Red Cloud