I see new roads on the plan. Who's building those?

The Board of Commissioners on Feb. 22, 2022 approved a contract to complete engineering for new sections of two existing roads: a stretch of First Avenue will run north-south just west of the new safety center and connect to Ames Trail, and the westernmost segment of the planned East View Drive that will run from the roundabout to a dead end in front of the safety center. 

Both sections of roadway will be built to city of Faribault design standards. When complete, they will be turned over to the city as public roads. Funding to pay for construction will come from the county's existing highway budget.

Faribault city leaders have discussed extending East View Drive from Hwy. 3 to the existing segment off 14th Street NE, to create a major east-west connector on the city’s north side.

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1. What kind of jail space does Rice County currently have?
2. Are jail admissions rising in Rice County?
3. If the number of inmates isn't projected to rise significantly, why build a new jail?
4. What is planned for the current Law Enforcement Center when the new facility is finished?
5. Is solar energy part of the project?
6. How is the Public Safety Center being financed?
7. I see new roads on the plan. Who's building those?
8. Why not keep the Main Jail as a 90-day facility and partner with Steele County for inmates serving longer sentences?