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Carbon prison needs new shredder

Published February 25. 2010 05:00PM

The Carbon County Correctional Facility is in need of a new shredder.

During the monthly meeting of the county prison board, the board discussed the issue of its broken shredder, which cuts up refuse in the sewer lines at the Broad Mountain facility.

Charles Neff, maintenance supervisor at the correctional facility, explained that the motor is worn out and vendors cannot find replacement parts to fix the equipment. The cost for a new shredder was previously estimated to be around $20,000 to $25,000.

Officials brought up the fact that a few inmates have been flushing items, such as trash bags and snack bags, down the toilets, causing more wear and tear on the shredder.

Commissioners Wayne Nothstein and Charles Getz both asked about the possibility of purchasing a larger shredder for the facility.

Nothstein pointed out that if the county needs to expand the prison down the road, they would need to install a larger shredder at that time if they didn't do that now.

After a brief discussion, the board decided that seeing if purchasing a larger shredder to handle any bigger items could be a solution to the current problem.

They voted to contact Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates of Mechanicsburg, the company that designed the prison, and have them determine if a larger shredder could fit properly.

In other matters, the board again discussed the issue of the Live Scan system.

Questions and concerns about portions of a central booking plan, submitted to the state by the Carbon County Criminal Justice Advisory Board earlier this year, were raised and discussed.

It was determined that a meeting to discuss major issues and concerns about the system, which was canceled due to weather, should be rescheduled for the very near future.

The Live Scan system has been the topic of controversy since the county voted to accept the piece of equipment in June 2008.

Numerous discussions between the commissioners and other county officials have still left some questions unanswered and the equipment sitting at the prison, not being used.

Warden James Youngkin also announced that he recently met with the United States Census Bureau to begin preparations at the prison for the upcoming 2010 census.

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