$34,000 approved for Poinsett County Detention Center updates

$34,000 approved for Poinsett County Detention Center updates

HARRISBURG, AR (KAIT) - The Poinsett County Detention Center has been approved for some much needed updates.

Sheriff Larry Mills said at the last Quorum Court meeting $34,000 was approved for a new fire alarm system.

The detention center was built in 1995. Mills said with it being almost 20 years old, it was time for updates.

"We have taken care of it. But, we are beginning to see equipment, at some point, fails," Mills said. "And we are getting to a point a lot of that equipment has a service life."

Mills explained to the Quorum Court state regulations required the fire alarm system be updated.

Bids opened Friday for the project, and Mills expects the Quorum Court to approve a bid at Monday night's meeting.

If a bid is approved, Mills hopes to get the updates completed in the next few months.

The Quorum Court also approved the hire of a part-time deputy. Mills said they've had a deputy on leave because of a knee injury. The part-time deputy will help fill in on the day-side shift to help take care of patrol and court cases.

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