Proposed jail site coming ‘within a week’

Curry County commissioners this morning voted to announce a site selection for a proposed jail “within a week.”

Commissioners said they are considering two sites, both outside the Clovis city limits.

An Aug. 6 election has been called asking voters whether to issue  $9.88 million in general obligation bonds to “acquire land for, equip, furnish and otherwise improve a new county jail to be located outside downtown Clovis.”

Early voting began last week at the county courthouse.

Commissioners also this morning approved a conceptual design for the proposed jail.

“Plan C,” one of three options, was recommended by County Manager Lance Pyle, interim jail administrator Tori Sandoval and Sheriff Matt Murray. Commissioners approved it 4-0, with Commissioner Robert Sandoval absent.

Plan C has 33,522 square feet, Pyle said. It has 136 beds, including three maximum-security units housing 36 inmates.

Cost is estimated at $13.4 million. If approved by voters, officials said costs not covered by the bond will come from the county’s cash reserve or the county may take out a loan.

The plan is contingent on voters approving a new jail, commissioners said.