Bids to be sought for new jail locks

GREENFIELD — Jail locks several years past their life expectancy will be replaced, but only after county officials seek the best price.

The Hancock County Commissioners Tuesday decided to formally advertise for upgraded locks for each of the cell doors at the Hancock County Jail

While officials are not offering details on the reason for the new locks, they acknowledged the locks were past their life expectancy. They also said more needs to be done to regularly inspect local security facilities.

Officials said Tuesday that the locks have a useful life of 15 to 20 years. They were installed when the jail was built 24 years ago, in 1988.

“(The) building locks’ life expectancy is 20 years, but the building is substantially older than that,” Commissioner Brad Armstrong said.

Commissioners decided to hire DLZ, an engineering and architectural firm, at $5,250 to do a complete analysis of the county’s security facilities. That should take 60 to 90 days, but in the meantime, officials are also proceeding in buying the new locks.

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