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Tuolumne County Takes Another Step Towards Jail Construction

Sonora, CA — A board of supervisors action taken today edges Tuolumne County closer to constructing the $39-million new jail.

The supervisors voted 5-0 to approve a list of agreements with the State of California, including a ground lease, a right of entry for construction and operation, and a facility sublease. Board chair Sherri Brennan stated, “This is a momentous moment, I believe.”

District Five Supervisor Karl Rodefer added, “A qualified, and cautious, congratulations (to staff). We still got a long way to go, but it is a big moment, and a very important project for this county.”

The county received $33-million in grant money to go towards construction of the new jail off Old Wards Ferry Road.  We reported last month that the county would like to award a contract in the coming months so that construction can start sometime around late November. The eventual bids received will be reviewed by both the county and state. The jail will take about 18 months to build.