Watertown's Holding Cell Fix Works For Now

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Watertown's temporary fix for its jail cell problem is working so far without a hitch.

That's according to the city manager.

Watertown is using two old jail cells behind the Watertown city courtroom to hold pre-arraigned subjects. 

Before, the city was holding these people at the Jefferson County Jail. 

Then the state said that was illegal.

But, the jail cells in city hall aren't a long term fix.

Now-retired longtime city judge Jim Harberson is weighing in with options.

"I think they ought to look for another location and start all over again. I understand the American Legion building could be available. They talked about before the old ag building - I don't know if that's available - but something like that that's adjunct to the city hall," said Harberson.

"It's one of the options that I asked for my staff to consider, but at this point we're not considering it seriously just because of the expense," said City Manager Sharon Addison.

The state wants Watertown to build a second courtroom to accommodate the second city judge. 

However, the city doesn't plan on doing so.
 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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