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SIOUX CITY -- There are modernization needs in the Woodbury County Juvenile Detention Center, and plans are moving forward to get that work done in upcoming months.

The Woodbury County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed repairs are needed at the detention center, which is located on the fourth floor of the county-owned Trosper Hoyt Building, at 822 Douglas St.

A look into facility needs began in January 2017. While a total replacement of security doors was dropped last summer from the proposal as too costly, the supervisors on Tuesday approved plans for an upgrading of the kitchen in a facility that may often hold a dozen or so juvenile inmates.

For the second weekly board meeting in a row, county officials described needs in the kitchen.

"A large portion of detention costs are coming from equipment breakdowns within the kitchen area, and in some cases equipment is needing to be retrofitted because parts are no longer available," county Building Services Department Director Kenny Schmitz said.

The supervisors approved hiring Goldberg Group Architects to design plans for the project and to seek bids for renovation of the kitchen and laundry areas of the detention center. Goldberg will be paid $11,300 for that prep work.

Ryan Weber became director of the Juvenile Detention Center in late 2017, and Schmitz said it is important to proceed with the most pressing repair needs that Weber has pinpointed.

"The cabinets have been leaking for 20 years... The sink and the dishwasher have been backing up for years," Weber said a week ago.

He added of the kitchen portion of the building, "It has served its purpose... It was never designed for this kind of abuse."

The Woodbury County Detention Center holds a maximum of 20 people.

Also in the meeting, Schmitz and a consultant from Resource Consulting Engineers discussed expensive needs with the heating and cooling system of the downtown Siouxland District Health building. The discussion centered on plans that could be done within a year and up to 15 years, with several items that could each cost in a range from $125,000 to $250,000.

Schmitz said those more substantial projects could be paid out of the five-year Capital Improvement Program, for which the county supervisors borrow in long-term financing. Those details will be discussed in future county board meetings.

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