THOMASVILLE — New light is about to be shed on areas at the Thomas County Jail.

A Thomas County Commission committee Thursday OK’d LED (light-emitting diode) lighting for the jail sallyport and interior intake area.

Lyndall Knight, county government building supervisor, said the Jail-Justice Center utilities bill is about $19,000 monthly. In recent months, the bill has been $16,000 o $16,500 a month, but hot weather has not been a factor, Knight told the commission public properties committee.

Lighting in the jail sallyport — where law enforcement vehicles arrive with people to be booked into the jail — illuminates the area for cameras that record arrivals and subsequent activity.

Sallyport lighting installed four years ago is dim and obsolete. Lighting in the interior jail intake area also is dim, Knight explained.

Commissioners OK’d an expenditure of $4,500 to install LED lighting in the sallyport and intake.

The expenditure will pay for parts that will be installed by county labor.

Knight told commissioners some employees at the 921 Smith Ave. facility have said lighting in the parking lot is not adequate.

Thomas County Sheriff Carlton Powell told commissioners he considers Jail-Justice Center parking lot illumination sufficient unless new lighting would reduce electricity bills.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier an be reach at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.

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