$3 million Law Enforcement Center renovation

MORTON COUNTY, N.D. - Demolition of the former Morton County Jail is finished and construction has begun on the new facility.

Last week, commissioners approved where the money for the $3 million project will be taken out of.

Construction is heating up at the Law Enforcement Center in Mandan.

Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, "It's been a long process to get to where we are today."

The combined center made up of Mandan Police and Morton County Sheriff's Office hasn't seen a big renovation since its initial construction in the 80s.

Now change is coming.

"There were things that were lacking like storage. As far as technology and that type of thing that wasn't necessarily needed or available," said Kirchmeier.

The $3 million project will be bonded out by the Bank of North Dakota. The money will then be paid off through the half-cent-sales tax voted on and approved in 2014.

"I would rather see my taxes being used to renovate it then leave it and not used," said Deb Kaiser, Morton County resident.

The building old jail has been vacant for two years since the launch of the combined jail in Bismarck.

The tax used to pay off the facility will not be an increase to the sales tax in the county.

The same half-cent sales tax is helping pay off the Burleigh Morton Detention Center.