Jail

Orangeburg County will tear down its existing jail once it builds a new one. It approved the creation of a corporation on Tuesday that will help with the financing.

LARRY HARDY, T&D FILES

Orangeburg County took another step in the construction of a new jail on Monday with the formation of a corporation to oversee its financing

The Orangeburg County Facilities Corporation Committee, a five-member board, was founded Monday morning.

Members of the corporation are County Administrator Harold Young, Orangeburg County Administrator’s Office Executive Assistant Angel Howell, County Planning Commission member Virginia Townsend, John Dangerfield and Henry Glover.

Sidney Evering II, a Columbia attorney, said the county will lease property to the corporation for the new detention center. The corporation will then be in charge of building the facility.

The county will make annual payments to the corporation until it buys the new jail.

“All you are doing is essentially helping the county in financing the detention center,” Evering said.

He said citizens will benefit because the county will not take a tremendous hit to its 8 percent debt capacity. This allows the county to issue smaller annual general obligation bonds instead of one larger bond.

Evering also oversaw the election of officers and adoption of a resolution to adopt the financing documents necessary to accomplish the detention center financing.

Young is the chairman of the corporation, Townsend is vice chair and Howell is secretary/treasurer.

County Attorney Jerrod Anderson will serve as an independent counsel for the corporation.

The board of directors will serve a three-year term.

Evering said the articles of incorporation were sent to the S.C. Secretary of State Monday morning.

The new detention center will be built on Ellis Avenue next to the existing jail. It is estimated to cost roughly $18 million.

The capacity of the existing jail is between 250 to 270 inmates while the average daily population in the jail is about 230. The jail also houses Calhoun County inmates.

The new jail will be able to house about 330 inmates.

The current building is nearly 40 years old and needs new electrical wiring and plumbing, officials say. The roof is also leaking in spots.

A new facility is estimated to take two-and-a-half years to build, including the time for design, financing and construction.

Once the new jail is built, the old facility will be torn down.

Contact the writer: jmack@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5516.

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Government Reporter

John Mack is a 2016 graduate of Claflin University. He is an Orangeburg native.

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