Phenix City council members react the jail expansion

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email | Twitter

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - We first told you about an announcement last week in a Russell County commission meeting, that Phenix City had backed out of and agreement for a jail expansion. Today city council members came back with their side of the story.

The multi-million dollar Russell County Jail expansion project is already underway, and commissioners claim Phenix City council has backed out of their agreement to help fund the project, but council members say there was never an agreement to begin with.

At the end of Tuesday's council meeting, Mayor Coulter and other council members, addressed the issue, stating the only agreement they entered into with the county was back in 1989 -- and only then did they help fund a 68 bed addition.

Mayor Coulter says the number of city inmates just isn't high enough for them to help with the project, "This city council has not found any reason why we should want to participate in spending millions of more dollars to add beds to the city's responsibility to do so."

Commissioners and council members discussed holding a joint work session to discuss the jail expansion funding, but a date for that meeting has not been set.

©2010 WTVM. All rights reserved.