Fulton approves $4.4 million for jail maintenance

Fulton County will renew its contract with Johnson Controls for maintenance of the Rice Street jail at a price of $4.4 million. County commissioners had been holding off on approving it since mid-October amid questions about the cost, but decided they must continue the preventative maintenance plan to stay in compliance with a 2006 federal consent decree.

The contract covers electrical systems, heating and air conditioning equipment, plumbing, elevators, locks, doors, windows, gates, alarms, video systems, carpets, roofs and appliances, among other things. Commission Chairman John Eaves said the high cost shows why Fulton must get out from under federal supervision, which he’s been pushing for all year.