Jail energy upgrades halt inmate visitation

From BRADLEY COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Posted 2/28/18

The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is currently making upgrades to 4,000 lights throughout its facility, to include the Correctional Facility. Due to those upgrades, the visitation of inmates will be temporarily shut down until Monday, March 19, in order to complete the upgrades in a timely manner, a news release stated.

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The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is currently making upgrades to 4,000 lights throughout its facility, to include the Correctional Facility. Due to those upgrades, the visitation of inmates will be temporarily shut down until Monday, March 19, in order to complete the upgrades in a timely manner, a news release stated.

“The new LED lighting will provide an energy efficient solution to old fluorescent lighting that constantly needs replacement, which is an unnecessary expense to the sheriff office’s yearly budget,” the news release stated. “Additionally, the outdated fluorescent lighting that burned 96-watts per hour will be modernized with an LED application that only uses 30-watts per hour. The new lighting will improve lighting conditions, maintenance and heat load throughout the sheriff office’s facility by adding the LED lighting retrofit to existing light fixtures.”


According to the news release, the sheriff’s office recently completed the installation of computer controls for 42 HVAC units to include economizer controls which allow outside air to be used in order to save electricity, and variable speed motor controls that significantly reduce maintenance costs by lessening the wear and tear on fan belts and motors.

“Each unit’s upgrade also included a diagnostic and control system screen that is controlled remotely by computer, which allows optimum performance while using less energy in order to save money,” the news release stated. “The remote computer also gives the ability for maintenance staff to monitor compressor pressures, amp draw, air flow and humidity.

Support Services Capt. Mike Boggess, along with the sheriff office’s maintenance staff, partnered with Energy Services Project to complete the lighting and HVAC upgrades. Global Energy Services was responsible for installation of the new LED lighting, while Electronic Controls Inc. completed the upgrades to the HVAC units.

“Over the next few years, the upgrade to the lighting and HVAC units will save tens of thousands of dollars [to avoid] unnecessary expense to taxpayers,” said Sheriff Eric Watson. “The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, like other governmental agencies, collects the yearly operating budget from local tax revenues. Our agency is committed to providing the community the highest level of service – while also responding to ever-changing needs to diminish the cost of operations.


“Although the lighting upgrade will disrupt the visitation of inmates housed in our Correctional Facility, the completion of this process will ultimately be in the best interest of taxpayers’ monies,” Watson added.


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