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Adams County Council President Randy Colclasure on Tuesday said what County Commission Chairman Doug Bauman was hesitant to disclose one day earlier about the latest plans for a new county jail.
The council president, near the end of the panel’s regular monthly meeting, said the recent elimination from consideration as a jail site of a property on Mercer Avenue owned by the Porter Family Foundation — because of its location in a flood plain — “now puts 1st Street (in downtown Decatur) back on the table” as a potential jail location. Colclasure then candidly announced, “We are also looking at the Miller farm out by the Fleetwood plant” on Winchester Street in Decatur, just east of U.S. 33.
During Monday’s meeting of the Adams County Commissioners, Chairman Doug Bauman offered a brief judicial center update similar to the one he presented the week before. He opened his remarks by reiterating that “last week, the Porter site was not recommended” for construction of the new jail because a majority of the property would be under water in a 500 year flood.
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