Officials get sneak peek at new jail

Jordan Beck | Daily Press From left, Delta County Sheriff Ed Oswald takes Delta County Clerk Nancy Kolich, Delta County Commissioner Theresa Nelson, and Delta County Administrator Philip Strom on a tour of the new Delta County Correctional Facility Tuesday. According to Oswald, the new correctional facility is 75 percent complete.

ESCANABA — Delta County commissioners and other county officials had an opportunity to tour the new Delta County Correctional Facility (located in the Delta County Service Center) Tuesday. The tour took place after a committee of the whole meeting, which was held at the service center that afternoon.

The tour was led by Delta County Sheriff Ed Oswald. According to Oswald, the new correctional facility is close to being finished.

“I’d say (we’re) 75 percent complete,” he said.

Lieutenant Jason Thibeault said the county will take ownership of the new correctional facility once work on the facility has been completed. He expects this milestone to be reached late this fall.

“Sometime in November, we’ll take occupancy,” he said.

This will be followed by approximately two months of training.

“We will transfer after … everybody has completed all their training,” Thibeault said.

Oswald said he has been pleased with the effort put into the creation of the new correctional facility by the people working on this project.

“(I’m) very impressed with the workers building this facility,” he said.

While the construction process for the correctional facility has not been without its problems, Oswald said these problems were not difficult to resolve.

“We had small issues — they worked themselves out with the help of all involved,” he said.

Delta County Commissioner David Moyle said he enjoyed seeing the results of the county’s decision to support a millage proposal for the new correctional facility in the November 2016 general election.

“I am very proud of the community, that they invested in this,” he said.

Commissioner Theresa Nelson said she was glad to be involved with efforts to establish the new correctional facility.

“I am very proud to be a part of it,” she said.

Delta County Clerk Nancy Kolich said she was impressed by the new correctional facility.

“It’s a very nice facility — very efficient, (with) a lot of safety built into it,” she said.