Charles City, IA – Floyd County supervisors heard from Iowa Department of Corrections Chief Jail Inspector Delbert Longley when he met with them during their regular workshop yesterday. The visit followed an inspection of the jail Longley had done last fall at the Floyd County jail.
Chairman Roy Schwickerath read a portion of the statement that had been written by Longley and submitted to Sheriff Rick Lynch following the inspection.
Longley clarified that particular statement.
Longley listed several of his concerns regarding the deficiencies of the jail.
Supervisor Mark Kuehn asked Longley about liability issues, which is why Sheriff Lynch had initially announced the closure of the jail.
He said that modern jail facilities now have brick or steel walls with small glass windows.
The board then took a tour of the jail with jailer April Watenpuhl who expressed some of her concerns with regards to the facility.
Longley made some recommendations to the board including adding a video system for visitors which would eliminate the public from entering the jail for visitation purposes.
In other business, the board heard from representatives from Allied Manatts, who asked that the supervisors look into a local purchase policy. Allied Manatts lost the bid for re-surfacing projects to Croell Redi-Mix at last week’s regular meeting.