Wichita County Commissioners taking steps to ensure second LEC inspection passes

WICHITA COUNTY (KFDX/KJTL) — In June, the Wichita County Law Enforcement Center received a speed bump.

“We accepted that they did it, and we shouldn’t have,” said Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom.

The brand new facility failed its first inspection by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, and in the time after that, Wichita County Precinct One commissioner Mark Beauchamp wants to make sure that doesn’t happen again by checking as often as necessary. to check.

“We’re on site pretty much every day to walk through it, to make sure everything is as it’s supposed to be,” Beauchamp said. “Now even more, double and triple check everything.”

Checking until everything is in order after a select few smoke extraction systems failed, which Beauchamp said passed a recent surprise inspection by the county.

Not even for plumbing issues, which Beauchamp says comes with installing 1,500 plumbing fixtures with electronic valves.

“We need an additional checklist, which we will sign and report back to Wichita County,” Beauchamp said.

They take extra measures to prevent even more surprises, from plumbing to chair height and everything in between. Judge Gossom said they should be ready for all scenarios.

“The whole place is open for inspection when they come back, so we can’t make the assumption that they’re just going to check what was wrong, they can check everything and we need to know everything and everything can work in prison to the best of our ability,” he said. gossom.

And for that, all the boxes must be checked.

“If I get that plumber’s report back of the fixtures that are signed and dated and everything has been rechecked for the fourth or fifth time, we’ll call the Prison Commission to come and re-inspect,” Beauchamp said.

Inspect and correct again until everything is clear.

Another issue mentioned was the seat height, which is 0.85 inches above the state requirement.

But they don’t expect it to be a lingering problem, Hays County just went through the same problem and got a special state waiver, and the commissioners will be taking a trip down for that waiver on Aug. 5.

Judge Gossom added that if all goes well, they hope to move into the new prison by the end of August.

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