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Building vote said likely next fall

January 4, 2012

Possible site for city-county building

    It now appears the possibility of a joint city-county building being built in Decatur will be placed before Adams County voters next fall.
    That possibility came to light near the end of Tuesday night's Decatur City Council meeting when new councilman Cam Collier asked Mayor John Schultz the status of the ongoing discussions.
    Schultz replied that monthly meetings are being held, with the next one coming up soon, and it appeared that the matter would be taken to the voters in the fall.
    "So I think they're getting things together now (to prepare for a referendum)," the mayor said, referring to a committee discussing the possibility of replacing the antiquated superior court building on Third St.
    As the 106-year-old court building continues to deteriorate — it went without heat for several days late last year — the city and county have hired the Schenkel Schultz architectural firm of Fort Wayne to develop plans for a new structure.
    If such a building comes to fruition, it would likely be built in the quarter-block area along Madison St. which faces the courthouse and currently houses Gensis salon and the Living Word Temple, among others.
    It would include a court, offices for the county probation department, plus a new city hall and police station for Decatur.
    An early estimate has pegged the total cost at $6 million.

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