PENDER COUNTY, NC - (WECT) - Plans for a new jail and Law Enforcement Center could be moving forward in Pender County. The Board of Commissioners will be voting on whether they want to buy land for the new center during their next meeting.
If they vote yes, they would also authorize Moseley Architects to start the due diligence/engineering under their current approved contract.
The property consists of about 33 acres and is located off of Highway 117 just south of Burgaw. It would cost about $20,000 per acre for the county to buy.
County Manager Mickey Duvall says the new Law Enforcement Center will consist of a new Sheriff's Office, a new jail and a new 911 center.
He says the plan is to leave the old 911 center functioning so that way if the new one stops working for some reason, they still have access to the old one.
He says the new jail will be bigger than the old one and be able to hold more inmates. Right now, he says the county has to send inmates to other jails, which costs money. Duvall says when he first started working at the county, it cost around $300,000 a year to house inmates at other jails, now he says it costs around $600,000 a year.