By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Franklin County won’t be building a new jail any time soon after commissioners reviewed a cost analysis recently.
Commissioner Boyd Burbank said he has done several months of research, comparing the costs to construct and operate a jail in the county to the costs of housing inmates in the Caribou County Jail in Soda Springs.
“After several months of research, I have found Franklin County cannot afford a jail. I wish the data had been better. It’s a huge burden on the sheriff’s department to pick up and deliver prisoners twice a week and sometimes more often.
“The cost of mileage, wear and tear on vehicles and labor transporting prisoners is expensive,” said Burbank.
Sheriff Dave Fryar said he has worked with the commissioners during the past several months on this issue.
“I’ve reviewed Commissioner Burbank’s figures. Right now it doesn’t look feasible to build a new facility in our county,” said Fryar.
“I would like a new jail built here because of the inconvenience to everyone. Don’t get me wrong on that point. But the nuts and bolts of the issue is cost.”
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