Pending appraisal, county will buy Winchester Street parcel for $1.1 million as new jail site

    It appears the proposed new Adams County jail may finally have found a home.
    The Adams County Council and the Adams County Commissioners met in executive session Monday morning to discuss the possibility of purchasing a 162-acre tract of unimproved farmland on the south side of Decatur along Winchester Street.
    Following the executive session, county council met in public session, voting unanimously to sign a joint resolution with the commissioners to approve the purchase of the property, pending the county’s review of the suitability of the site and the results of necessary appraisals which officials believe will be in line with the $1.1 million purchase price.
    Adams County Attorney Mark Burry served as spokesman for councilors, reading in its entirety a resolution he drafted. “The important thing to know is that the resolution authorizes commissioners to exercise the option to purchase the property...contingent upon the receipt of two appraisals equal to or exceeding the purchase price” of the real estate, Burry said.
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