BROOKSVILLE - A second engineering inspection report of the conditions at the Hernando County Jail has reached the same conclusion as the first. The cracks in the floors of the jail do not indicate a structural flaw and the hollow sound under the floor in one area is not an indicator of a sinkhole.
That was the conclusion of engineer Cathy G. Tiedge of Heery International, Inc., an Orlando firm hired by Corrections Corporation of America to examine the portion of the jail where most of the reports of maintenance and possibly structural problems have centered.
The information bolsters what another firm hired by the county's risk manager revealed. That report by Bracken Engineering determined there were no structural issues in the areas inspected and that patches and seals would take care of many of the cosmetic flaws.
A report done last month by Central Florida Testing Laboratories, Inc., also found no evidence of a sinkhole under the jail.
The County Commission has set aside $3 million in reserves to make needed repairs at the facility, which Sheriff Richard Nugent will take over from CCA in August.