County lawmakers continue discussions on jail expansion

A committee of the Tompkins County Legislature is considering recommending an expansion project for the Tompkins County Public Safety Building.

The project would construct an outdoor recreation area and add fourteen additional jail beds, costing roughly $1 million dollars.

Tompkins County Sheriff Ken Lansing told the committee that the expansion is a “cost-saver,” and “a step in the right direction.”

“My staff and I took a look and said, ‘How can we make this corrections facility a little more efficient and also serve the purposes we need without costing the taxpayers a lot of money?’ This is what we came up with,” he said.

The Capital Plan Review Committee of the Tompkins County Legislature will decide at its July meeting on how to proceed.

The proposal will also be reviewed by the county legislature’s public safety committee.

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