Cooperstown, N.Y. - Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin says renovations continue at the Otsego County Jail and says the jail is now expected to reopen sometime in February.
Devlin says work began last fall on a $1.6 million renovation project of one wing of the jail, so he was housing all inmates in the other wing.
Then on the morning of November 1st of last year, while the rest of the jail was under renovation, the section where the inmates were all being kept started to leak, so all inmates had to be immediately moved to other facilities, "The renovated section of the jail should be done by the end of the month, the damaged section of the jail that needed the roof replaced. The roof has been done, the painting, everything the commission requested has been done. Now we're in the process of cleaning that area of the jail now and sanitizing it."
Devlin says the leaky roof has cost the county a lot of money, not only to replace the roof, but also to house all of the inmates in other counties and then deputies have to go and get them every time the inmates need to come to court in Otsego County, "It started about $4500 a day, we’re down to about $3,000 to $3,500 a day, but that’s the inmate cost, not the overtime and personnel and traveling back-and-forth to pick up our inmates."
Devlin says he is hoping the issues over the past two two months will once again bring up the conversation of building a new jail, "What we've done is make the building acceptable. We’ve got the building back to an acceptable level, now whether it’s acceptable for the next 20 years or not. that’s a bigger discussion."