GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Mesa County Commissioners say they plan to use their cut of the Anvil Points money to expand the Mesa County Jail.
$1.8 million was returned to the Federal Mineral Lease District, after the federal government's cleanup of the Anvil Points oil shale research site in Rifle.
Mesa County commissioners have asked the FMLD for one and a half-million dollars of that money to build an expansion on the jail.
Even though it's a small fraction of an estimated $20 million dollar project, commissioners say it needs to be done.
"We've gotta build a jail. There is no question about it. That jail benefits every citizen in Mesa County. Every community, every non-profit, every citizen, benefits from an expanded jail facility," said Mesa County Commissioner, Scott McInnis.
Commissioners say it could be a year or two before any physical construction happens at the jail.