Over the past several years, Trempealeau County and the Building Committee have worked diligently to determine the best, most fiscally sound, option for addressing concerns with the current jail and courtrooms. We are excited to share the option proposed as it will provide a safer environment for the public, staff, and inmates. Great measures have been taken to ensure the County is not overspending and the new construction is done right, while keeping future growth and needs in mind.
The program which your County Board is considering is based on the concept of building infrastructure for our county. A good program of infrastructure will look forward into the future for 50-75 years and plan for needs that will make the county strong, allow it to grow and to protect and serve the citizens of the county. We are doing this at a time of unprecedented low interest rates and at a time when our county’s present infrastructure needs update and replacement. This gives us the advantage of particularly frugal costs, as well as the ability to plan for the future of our county for many decades to come. The proposed option will make our county safer for our citizens and while it represents a present-day cost, it will be a wise and positive investment for our future.
This website was created to serve as a resource to learn more about the project, why it is needed, what the proposed solution is, and how it will impact our community.
REDUCE COSTS & SAVE MONEY
"Never has it been more necessary to build a new justice center than it is right now. The COVID-19 health crisis has overwhelmed our jail's ability to safely house those who are incarcerated. For more than 20 years we have been housing inmates in other county jails, at a great cost to taxpayers. During COVID-19, those jails quit taking our inmates. We have been forced to isolate inmates together. The new facility will give us far greater ability to keep our staff and incarcerated individuals safe and healthy. It will also keep our tax dollars working right here in Trempealeau County."
Sheriff Brett Semingson
"The jail is old and antiquated and doesn’t meet the needs of the inmates, staff or the public. There is limited opportunity to provide programming, education, and proper inmate classification. The facility also presents many classification and security issues that can't be properly addressed due to the limitations of the current building."
Brad Hoover, Detention Facilities Specialist - Wisconsin Dept. of Corrections