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July 8, 2014

County facility to be demolished in the fall to make way for new modular building

NORMAN — Demolition of the former Cleveland County jail adjacent to the county courthouse is expected to begin this fall, commissioners said Monday.

The building was opened in 1984 and replaced the jail atop the courthouse building. In 2012, the jail was closed and replaced by the new F. DeWayne Beggs Detention Center on Franklin Road, east of Flood Avenue. It has been used for storage and as a temporary holding facility for defendants transported to the courthouse for hearings before judges.

On Monday, county commissioners paved the way for the building’s demolition by purchasing an 18-foot-by-44-foot modular building for $36,739 that will be put up in the county’s parking lot to hold prisoners waiting to go to court.

Rod Cleveland, District 1 commissioner, said the jail site will likely be used as additional parking while a facilities study is being completed.

He said the additional district judge position could force the county to look at adding onto the county’s courthouse complex.

Cleveland said more mediation rooms are needed, as well as a large room that can hold entire jury pools at one time. A possible solution is a room that can be partitioned off for many purposes.

“We just have to make sure it will be soundproof,” Cleveland said.

Cleveland said debris from the demolished jail will be recycled.

“All the concrete and stuff, we can haul off and use in roadbeds,” Cleveland said. “The steel will likely be recycled by them.”

In other action, commissioners approved:

· Interlocal agreements between the county and Lexington and Little Axe school districts, Citizen of Potawatomi and Absentee Shawnee tribes, cities of Lexington, Moore, Norman, Noble, Oklahoma City and McClain County.

 

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