INDIANOLA, Iowa — A central Iowa county is seeking help from cities to pay for trailers to temporarily house inmates after its jail closes later this week.

The Warren County Board of Supervisors will ask city managers in Indianola, Norwalk and Carlisle to help cover the costs of the proposed trailers, the Des Moines Register reported . The Warren County Jail was ordered to close Feb. 2 after years of problems, including inmate escapes, mold and inadequate water supplies and food storage.

Iowa code says counties must “pay the costs of the board and care of the prisoners in the county jail.” But County Supervisor Dean Yordi said he doesn’t believe the trailers are entirely the county’s cost.

Sheriff Brian Vos told supervisors Monday that the trailers will cost about $18,400 per month. Vos said they’d be used to spare deputies and police departments from driving to another county to drop off inmates between 4 p.m. and 8 a.m.

Yordi also said he’s been considering two new sites for the county to purchase for a new jail.

The county’s construction firm, DCI Group, and the company engineering the proposed jail, Shive-Hattery, told the board they’ll need two to three weeks after the county purchases land to finalize renderings and costs for a new jail.

“There has been a lot of conversation about what this is going to look like and how it’s going to affect my neighborhood,” said Mike Lewis, a Shive-Hattery official. “Once we get that imagery, I find it will be complementary to wherever it will be. Barbed wire fence will not be on this project. It will be a building that looks like every other government building.”

Information from: The Des Moines Register,

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