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February 22, 2013

Parts of Essex County Jail wearing out


LaVigne said he has copies of warranties at the jail.

“I will have someone on our staff go through those,” he said.

Then he’ll report back to the Board of Supervisors.

The new County Jail opened in October 2007 with a construction cost of about $30 million.


The county is also spending up to $7,500 to look into heating system problems at the jail that include furnace valves malfunctioning and incorrect system pressure.

“The heat boilers are not firing properly,” LaVigne said. “The indication that we get is that this system was designed for a much warmer climate. We need to look for a more experienced evaluation.”

LaVigne also has a study under way on the jail’s emergency power system.

A generator that serves the jail and attached County Public Safety Building failed during a storm, and a second generator that would charge backup batteries at the facility is being considered.

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