Rusty jail doors need to be replaced


Hancock County Sheriff Mike Shepherd (left) and Maj. Brad Burkhart stand in front of one of the Hancock County Jail doors on a list to be replaced because of rust and damage. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — The good news is the new locks are finally installed at the Hancock County Jail.

The bad news is additional work is needed to replace or repair six faulty doors.

Hancock County Commissioners heard Tuesday about six rusted or deteriorated doors at the jail that were discovered when crews were finishing up the lengthy jail lock installation.

It will cost an additional $33,200 to replace the doors. That’s on top of the $350,000 the county already spent on new locks for the 96-door facility.

“It was just something that probably got overlooked in the original plans,” Maj. Brad Burkhart told commissioners Tuesday, adding later that three of the doors were in Crowder Detention’s original inspection of the facility while the others have broken down in the months it took for installation to be completed.

“Out of the 96 doors they did, they were more concerned with the locks at the time,” Burkhart said.

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