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1/4/06- Smith County

Smith County Jail Site Options

One step closer to deciding where the next Smith County Jail will be built. Wednesday, commissioners voted to start negotiations to buy land on County Road 378 and County Road 381. That's a little more than 3 miles from downtown Tyler. Commissioners will then compare the remote location to the downtown site.

Joann Fleming, Precint 1 Commissioner of Smith County says, "It's very important for us to be able to compare the cost of not only the jail construction but also the operations of a jail. It's going to cost the tax payers more to house the growing population of inmates. And we want to do that as cost effective as possible." The design committee will meet on Monday to look at both the single story and multiple story designs.

Karolyn Davis, reporting.


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