CALDWELL — Canyon County is closing the main parking lot in front of the jail, as staff prepare for temporary jail trailers coming next year.
The parking lot in front of the Dale G. Haile Detention Center in Caldwell will close Tuesday, Nov. 13. All visitors and jail staff will be directed to the new parking lot on the northeast corner of 12th Avenue and Chicago Street.
In August, Canyon County commissioners approved a $4.5 million lease agreement with Missouri-based All Detainment Solutions for a temporary jail facility built out of steel truck trailers. The 122-bed facility will house all of Canyon County’s female inmates, possibly as soon as next summer, in the jail’s parking lot. The effort is part of the county’s plan to relieve pressure on the overcrowded jail.
Canyon County jail staff plan to begin housing female inmates in the temporary jail trailers starting June 2019.
Special-use permits approved by Caldwell Planning and Zoning in August required Canyon County to install a crosswalk and beacon between the old and new parking lots. Canyon County has already completed the crosswalk, and the beacon is scheduled to be installed by the end of 2018. The committee also said county employees will not be allowed to park on neighborhood streets north of Chicago Avenue.
The parking lot will be closed for the next five to seven years the trailer jails are in use. County commissioners Tom Dale and Pam White and Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue have all said the facility is intended to be temporary, in hopes of a new jail facility at the county-owned Pond Lane property off Highway 20/26 west of Caldwell.
Canyon County commissioners previously issued a request for qualifications for Idaho contractors to help install and secure the temporary jail trailers. All submissions are due Tuesday.