The Onslow County Justice Complex sits full of staff, but not prisoners, and the bill keeps rolling in. The county manager says Onslow County has had to continue paying utility bills on both buildings.
Prisoners still remain in the old jail, as does the magistrates office, while the justice complex houses sheriff's staff. Over the last few months the county has continued to pay full utility bills on both buildings, but as County Manager Jeff Hudson clarifies, those are bills they would be paying whether prisoners were moved in or not.
"We would have been paying the utility bills on the old Sheriff's Department and the old jail until such time as we could tear down a portion of it and renovate the rest of it. Then we'll be re-occupying the building," said Hudson.
Hudson adds there are three things on the checklist before moving prisoners. One is a certificate of occupancy which they now have, a jail certificate from Raleigh due later this week or next, and the sheriff must hire more jailers.