Design Firm Identified For Possible Re-Purposing Of Old Dodge County Jail

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board’s Building Committee signed off on a resolution Thursday night to hire a third-party firm to begin design work on repurposing an aging law enforcement building. Last December, the county board voted to close the old jail that was plagued with various issues.

The building committee has been reviewing what to do the 60-year-old structure that includes an addition from 1977. A plan has been established to repurpose the basement of the 1977 section into vehicle and equipment storage for the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office.

The resolution would transfer $26,400 dollars from the 2019 Physical Facilities budget to Angus Young of Janesville to work on design and architectural services. It would also allow the county to begin the process of bidding the project out to contractors. The building committee recommends borrowing from the general fund to pay for the projects total cost which has yet to be determined.

Supervisor Cathy Houchin says the county needs to (quote) “slowdown” on its borrowing. She says she will not sign the resolution now, but she might change her mind later. The county board will vote on the resolution during this month’s meeting and, if approved, Angus Young will begin moving forward on design plans. No timeline has been established yet on when their work should be completed.