The Webster County Board of Supervisors approved replacing the locks on the jail sleeping cells, 35 doors total, at an estimated cost of $42,696.
The order is part of phase three of the Law Enforcement Center renovation, Supervisor Clark Fletcher said.
"This is an item that was missed in the design for the project," he said. "We were under time constraints getting the product designed and out to bid, because we were on a timetable."
Fletcher explained that the individual sleeping cells have electronically controlled locks, and several of them are either jerry-rigged or not working properly.
"Most people I talk to are in favor of putting locks on the jail doors," he said. "I believe these locks are close to 30 years old. This is the time to get it updated. I'm in favor of spending this money."
Supervisor Bob Singer, who is also providing oversight on the renovation project, agreed that the money should be spent.
"In projects such as this, we've mentioned several times that there are unknowns. This is an oversight," he said.
The jail phase - which is Phase Three of the three-phase project - has a contingency fund of roughly $250,000, according to Fletcher. The locks will be billed against that contingency, bringing the change orders for that phase of the project to about $90,000, he said.
Still, Singer said, the project appeared to be in "pretty good shape."
"Maybe If you look at each one of these you shake your head, but in the same breath we're well within budget," he said.
Supervisor Phil Condon agreed with his colleagues.
"I think it's something we have to do," he said.
The board unanimously approved spending the $42,696 for new locks.
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