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Thomas Co. commissioners look to sell prison equipment and determine building fate

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THOMAS CO., GA (WALB) -

The Thomas County Prison is now closed, but county leaders are trying to figure out what to do with all of the leftover supplies.

The Prison has been around for more than 90 years

Behind these walls hide many issues-- leaking roofs, rusted pipes, plumbing problems, the whole nine yards.

Thomas County Commissioners decided the prison was too expensive to maintain, and building a new one was not feasible.

"The projections are up to half a million dollars a year in operating costs, in addition to the $5 to 6 million a new prison would cost," said County Manager, Mike Stephenson.

As you walk the empty halls, no more inmates, no more guards but a lot of leftover supplies.

Clothing, blankets, beds, lockers, you name it, the county now has to find a way to get rid of it all!

"What's left, we've had interest from other area prisons. We will put that put for sale, anything that's left over," said Stephenson.

Some of the vehicles, and other items like lawn equipment could be given to other Thomas County departments.

As for the building, nothing is set in stone yet but county manager Mike Stephenson said it's possible that it may be torn down.

"If you've looked around, you see the condition it's in. It would take a tremendous amount of tax payer dollars to fix it up. The most practical thing to do is to demolish it," said Stephenson.

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