JAIL PLUMBING: Upgrades, replacement parts a challenge for officials

COLUMBIA CITY— Plumbing upgrades to older fixtures at the Whitley County Jail have have come at a cost to the county.County Commissioner George Schrumpf said valves have been failing, and the expense to change them out is high.“We have been replacing them little-by-little,” he said.The $1,400 upgrade will provide more efficient control of the faucets, as well as lavatories in the jail. The valves are specifically designed so they cannot be torn apart and used to make a weapon by an inmate.Sheriff Mark Hodges said finding the correct parts has been somewhat of a challenge.“We’re kind of at the mercy of the suppliers to do whatever it takes to get the parts we need,” he said.Specifically, Hodges said sometimes the sinks would not shut off.“The biggest problem — or a symptom of the problem — is water not shutting off in cell sinks, or coming on by itself,” he said. “We haven’t had any flooding or any other major issues. It’s just a matter of some things not working properly.”Previously, problems were fixed by a corrections officer.To read the rest of this story, see the Nov. 15 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.