Tehama County’s Jail Expansion Project is one step closer to fruition with the Board of Supervisors’ approval Tuesday for the county to seek bids for the demolition of the former Tehama County Library on Madison Street in Red Bluff. Demolition of the structure will be required as part of the site preparation for the expansion project.

The former library sits across the street north of the current Tehama County Jail. Red Bluff sold that portion of Madison Street to the county at a price of $305,000 as part of the jail expansion project. That section of Madison Street will be closed and rerouted.

County officials decided it was more cost effected to tear down the old library building, once a Safeway store, than to repair and renovate the structure to meet the project’s needs. Funding for the demolition will come out of the county general budget.

“It is time we got the jail annex started,” Supervisor Dennis Garton said. “It has been a long time coming and is greatly needed.”

The official name of the 34,460 square-foot, 64-bed jail expansion is the Community Corrections Reentry Facility. The expansion will include a kitchen, laundry, counseling rooms, medical and training facilities and classrooms.

Tehama County received a $20 million grant to help build the $23 million project - the county funding the extra $3 million.

The expansion will increase the jail from its current 200 beds to 264 beds.

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