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August opening possible for jail
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The opening of the new Forsyth County Jail is being delayed by at least another month.

Though initially slated to open around the same time as the new Forsyth County Courthouse, which opened in March, and more recently announced to open in mid-July, it appears the new jail will not open until at least mid-August though no official date has been set, per county officials.

Construction tied to the new jail had been delayed earlier this year after rock deposits were discovered in the area where water and sewer lines were intended to go.

County Manager Doug Derrer said in an email that the new jail was constructed with an eye toward the county’s future.

“The new building was designed with staff efficiency and the county’s future growth in mind,” Gardner said in an email. “The new jail includes enhanced security features, one example of which is the connectivity of the jail and new courthouse via a bridge to allow for the secure transport of inmates to court.”

After the construction of the jail is completed, there will be a period lasting 15 to 30 days for training of staff and moving both equipment and inmates into the new jail. Once the jail is open and running, the current jail will be demolished and the area will be used for parking.
The jail, along with the new courthouse and two new parking decks in downtown Cumming, is being funded by the $100 million 1-cent sales tax program, which was approved by voters in a November 2011 referendum.