By Ray King

Two committees of the Jefferson County Quorum Court on Tuesday recommended spending more than $273.000 of American Rescue Funds money for health and security updates at the adult jail.

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Both the Public Safety and Finance Committees of the county’s legislative body voted to send the measure to the full court with a do pass recommendation.

The meeting Tuesday night combined in-person and remote attendance as about half the JP’s and Count Judge Gerald Robinson chose to attend on Zoom while the rest met at the courthouse.

Jail administrator Joseph Gorman submitted a list of recommendations which included replacing glass that is currently used in interior doors and trap doors; repair or reinforce stainless steel panels in one of the misdemeanor pods and replace the security camera system.

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Sheriff Lafayette Woods Jr., was asked about the glass and said this.

Also recommended for approval was an ordinance that will transfer a total of $2.4 million into three separate reserve funds, one for county general, one for roads and the third for the jail.

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The ordinance provides that $800,000 will go into each of the three funds and Robinson said those funds will be added to the money that is already there, giving the county a reserve of close to $4 million. When Robinson took office, there was about $30,000 in a reserve fund.

The recommendations will be voted on next Monday when the full quorum court meets.