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City-county building meeting set

August 24, 2011

Possible site for a proposed city-county building. (File photo)

    A meeting will take place next week in Decatur involving city and Adams County officials to discuss the next step concerning the proposal to build a city-council building in downtown Decatur.
    The meeting will include county Commissioner Ed Coil, likely a member of the county council, Decatur Mayor John Schultz, a member of the city council, and perhaps others, such as City Attorney Tim Baker and County Attorney Mark Burry.
    At Monday's meeting of the commissioners, Schultz said city leaders are interested in the city-county building idea, but want to know the county's interest.
    Coil indicated such interest by saying, "Basically, we're looking that way."
    At this point, the proposal would erect a structure at Third and Madison Sts., across from the Adams County Courthouse. First, though, would be land purchases and razing of structures currently on the site.
    According to the proposal, the new building would contain the following;
    • All the offices in City Hall, meaning mayor, clerk-treasurer, utility auditor, building and planning, water superintendent, and other staff.
    • The city police station, which would be moved from its cramped quarters on N. Third St.
    • Adams Superior Court.
    • The part of the county clerk's office that serves superior court.
    • County probation department.
    • County public defender's office.
    • County Community Corrections office.
    If a city-county building is constructed, superior court and the probation department would be moved from the 106-year-old former library building, with the future of that edifice yet to be decided.

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