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Nassau Co. Commissioners tour sheriff's run down trailers

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Updated: 7/17/2013 3:50 pm
YULEE, Fla. -- The Nassau County Sheriff gave county commissioners and Action News a guided tour of the old jail they're forced to call home, in hopes of gaining financial support to construct a new administration building.

Sheriff Bill Leeper is serving as a tour guide this week, showing each commissioner their future plans.

"The highlighted yellow will be our dispatch area," said Sheriff Leeper as he revealed sketches to the commission.

The commissioners will also get to see their run-down administration building.

"That's got to be a hazard," said Sheriff Leeper.

Action News followed closely behind County Commissioner, Pat Edwards to witness his reaction first hand.

"You can see the need, there's no doubt there's a need," said Edwards.

Exposed and tangled wires clutter the floor of the dispatch center. Sheriff leeper calls it a fire hazard.

"I think my biggest concern is we're in the past when we come in this room," said Edwards when referring to the dispatch center. "It's probably been outdated for 20 years."

It is so outdated, Action News found out Nassau county might not have a working dispatch center after January 1st.

"Our computer aided dispatch system what we use to dispatch our officers will be obsolete next year," said Sheriff Leeper.

If it goes down, we're told it can't be fixed. After seeing it for himself, Edwards tells us it's a dyer situation.

"There's no warranties left there's no updates left it has to be replaced," he said.

It's probably the least of their worries, but employees can't even run the microwave at the same time as the copy machine, without blowing a fuse. This is just one of the many reasons why the Nassau County Sheriff's office says they need a new home.

The county commission says they have money set aside, for capital improvement projects to build a new facility.
We're told they're just waiting to get an exact price tag.
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