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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 Sheriffâs Department.
Deputy Marcus Gatton appeared before the Whitley County Commissioners last week to report on needed repairs to the coolerâs floor, which is part of the jailâs original 1986 construction.
âBack in January, the jail received a health warning,â said Gatton.
âWe have three months to rectify it.â
According to Gatton, the floor of the walk-in cooler is rusty and uncleanable.
He said the Sheriffâs Department put out notices to five companies in an attempt to receive bids for repairs to the floor.
âWeâre two months in as of today,â 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 departmentâs budget.
Gatton said the jailâs 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.