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County ponders land gift

June 11, 2014

    Preliminary results of soil boring samples collected by GME Testing, Fort Wayne, indicate the recently proposed location for the construction of a new county jail  “is a viable site,” Adams County Attorney Mark Burry reported to county councilors at their regular monthly meeting Tuesday morning.
    Acknowledging that portions of the 22 acre property, located across from Woodcrest Retirement Village on the southern edge of Decatur — between Mercer Avenue and the St. Marys River — lies in a flood plain, Burry stated, “What it boils down to is elevation, but preliminarily, it looks very do-able.” 
    Behind the scenes discussions between Vic Porter, executor of the Porter Family Foundation which owns the land, and county officials was disclosed last week, with family member Jean Porter Brune announcing at Monday’s county commission meeting the property is being offered as a donation to the county.
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