A manufacturer told Carroll's commissioners yesterday that it would cost $600,000 to $900,000 to construct a modular addition to the county's jail.
The higher price would provide individual lock-down cells for 24 inmates and two cells with their own self-contained ventilation system, not connected with the rest of the jail. The latter are required by the state health department to isolate prisoners with infectious diseases.
Tuberculosis has become a threat in some larger prisons because inmates live in close proximity.
The lower cost would provide dormitory-style incarceration, a model preferred by Sheriff John H. Brown, and the two infectious-disease cells.
A representative of Fibrebond Corp., a Minden, La., manufacturer of the all-concrete modules, presented the information to the commissioners in a bid to construct an addition to the jail.
Thomas Kowalewski, the company representative, told the commissioners the modules are portable, secure and reuseable. They could be moved to another site if a new detention center is built in the future.
Sheriff Brown had asked for an 80-bed addition to the Detention Center, which houses 120 prisoners.
Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy said the board has voted to buy one 24-bed modular unit, recognizing that it would be a temporary solution to detention center crowding until a new jail can be built.
The commissioners began considering modular cells this year after bids for the 80-bed addition came in $1 million higher than expected. Those bids ranged from $3 million to $3.5 million.