URBANA — The Champaign County Board has hired a non-profit policy and research organization to conduct a needs assessment study for the Champaign County Jail.
The county board voted 21-3 Thursday night to approve a $119,865 contract with the Berkeley, Calif.-based Institute of Law and Policy Planning to complete the study.
The organization will develop a plan to determine the anticipated capacity requirements for the jail in future years.
It will also estimate how much it would cost to remodel the current jail building in downtown Urbana and how much it would cost to build an addition to the county’s satellite jail facility.
According to the contract, the institute will have 25 weeks to complete the study.
The Institute of Law and Policy developed plans for jails and prisons in Caddo Parish, La., Los Lunas, N.M., and Martinez, Calif.
Champaign County Administrator Deb Busey said money for the study will come from the sales tax for public safety budget.
In other business, the cost of staying at the Champaign County Nursing Home is going up for private-pay residents.
The county board voted to increase the private-pay nursing home rates, effective on Dec. 1.
County board member Carol Ammons argued the rates should have been decided before the 2013 budget was approved.
“This reflects the costs we need to cover,” said county board member Jan Anderson.