Victoria County Commissioners to improve juvenile detention center

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

June 9, 2014 at 1:09 a.m.

The Victoria County Commissioners Court is moving forward on a project to reduce energy costs and repair the Victoria Regional Juvenile Justice Center.

Commissioner Kevin Janak said the project to repair cracks between the roof and walls, where air enters the facility, has been on his list for years.

"Everything keeps popping up," he said. "There's a constant cycle, and we never really got down to doing it. Finally, we decided to move forward with it."

The county has set aside between $340,000 and $360,000 for the repairs and a new generator, Janak said. However, he did not know a dollar amount for the potential savings.

The project will be funded through bonds the county took on earlier this year.

"If you have gaps that are an inch wide sucking in outside air and the system is having to work with that air, it can't be good," Janak said. "We won't know a dollar amount until (the architect and engineers) do their work and see how much savings we'll get when it's all completed."

Janak said the next project on his list is addressing energy costs for the city-county health department.

"We try to spend money where it will save us money," Janak said.

Architect Rawley McCoy, who is working on the juvenile center's project, said he wants to overhaul the air conditioning system and replace inadequate vents and old fans.

"We can take this as an opportunity to bring that facility up to current codes and get everything running as it should," he said.



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