County to discuss jail options, enact hiring freeze

Sulphur Springs – Hopkins County Commissioners Monday are scheduled to discuss possible rehabilitation to its county jail, plus enact a hiring freeze to ease budget concerns.

The county for more than a year has been discussing new jail options, as the 100 inmate facility has often reached capacity. That has forced commissioners to house inmates in neighboring counties at a cost of $40 per inmate per day.

On Monday, the court will consider approval of an agreement with Burns Architecture, Inc. for professional services related to the evaluation of the potential rehabilitation and remodeling and expansion o the existing Hopkins County Jail.

Commissioners are also scheduled to approve a ban on the hiring of new employees and the replacement of current employees who leave employment.