County OKs money for prison generator

September 17, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

The Franklin County Commissioners have approved spending nearly $6,000 to ensure the prison will not go without lighting in the event of a power failure.

Kelly Livermore, assistant county administrator, asked the commissioners to approve an emergency resolution for the funds to install override switches on the 30-year-old generator.

"The generator is not functioning at 100 percent, and we want to have additional generators brought in," she said.

The switches would allow for a mobile generator to be brought in and attached to the existing one.

The changes would make sure power would be available for lighting and equipment in the event of an electricity outage.

"This is for the health and safety of our officers and inmates," said County Commissioner G. Warren Elliott. "We do not want a dark black building."


Hart said the prison has not been in the dark during previous power outages, and it is a preemptive measure.

He said it would be premature to replace the generator at a cost of $30,000 to $40,000 while consultants and a review committee are considering the possibility of building a new prison to deal with the aging facility and growing prison population.

Hart said it would be cost prohibitive to repair the 1972 generator.

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