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COLUMBIA CITY â€” The floor of the walk-in cooler at the county jail needs a sprucing up, according to the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department.
Deputy Marcus Gatton appeared before the Whitley County Commissioners last week to report on needed repairs to the coolerâ€™s floor, which is part of the jailâ€™s original 1986 construction.
â€śBack in January, the jail received a health warning,â€ť said Gatton.
â€śWe have three months to rectify it.â€ť
According to Gatton, the floor of the walk-in cooler is rusty and uncleanable.
He said the Sheriffâ€™s Department put out notices to five companies in an attempt to receive bids for repairs to the floor.
â€śWeâ€™re two months in as of today,â€ť said Gatton.
The low bid, according to Gatton, was by Indianapolis-based Environmental Panel Systems, that he said could install a 10-gauge diamond aluminum tread plate for about $1,300, which would be a line item in the departmentâ€™s budget.
Gatton said the jailâ€™s food service personnel would reduce their inventory in anticipation of the repairs since the cooler would have to be emptied and shut off while the repairs are made.