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Sheriff encourages action on new jail

With a little urgency, Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski hopes a new public safety building does not cost you any more money than it has to in the future. After deciding against moving on to Phase 3 of the study earlier this year, the Kewaunee County Board will discuss going forward and possibly placing a referenda question on either the spring or fall ballot next year regarding the financing of the construction and the staffing of the new facility. A county committee was able to find $3 million in savings from the original scope, but that was quickly eaten up due to rising costs of building materials and inflation. Joski hopes the cautionary tale of waiting spurs action at the Kewaunee County Board meeting next month.

Discussion of a new jail under Joski started in 2016 with a Justice and Jail Analysis by the National Institute of Corrections. A planning workshop was held in 2017 and a consultant was brought on in 2018 before the county established the Public Safety Facility Study Committee in 2019. The current facility is the smallest and oldest in the entire state.  

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