County Commissioners approved a contract to gut the old downtown jail building, which may not cost taxpayers anything.
It's the next step in plans to renovate the vacant lockup at 811 Main Street. The two-story building would become the central location for the sheriff's department division offices. Commissioner Mark Heinrich said the county locked in the jail's metal salvage rights.
"We hope the hardened steel in there and some of the other brass and copper in the old jail will cover the cost of the demolition," Heinrich said.
The old jail has not housed any inmates since the county detention center near the airport opened in 2010. Heinrich said commissioners could use bond money left over from that project to fund the old jail building's renovations.