County settles on jail location

Vigo County, IN - After months in the news Tuesday's decision happened rather quickly. Commissioner Judy Anderson is happy that the process is moving forward. 

In a major decision, Vigo County officials have chosen a location for the new Vigo County Jail. After months of discussion, members of the county council have picked the site at intersection of Springhill Drive and Highway 63. Tuesday night the council moved a resolution forward to allow commissioners to get the new location appraised. But there are still some steps that need to be taken before a jail is built on the site. 

"Pending all the details and all of that we finally have settled on a place," Vigo County Commissioner Judy Anderson said.  

Springhill Drive and Highway 63 the new proposed location for the Vigo County Jail.     

"We are really pleased with the decision we've finally made," Judy Anderson said.  

The Vigo County Council sent the resolution to the budget committee to see if it is possible to fund the appraisal of the property. 

Anderson says the location is the right home for the jail.   

"I think so because we are going to have enough ground for expansion if needed, all those things without ever going through this again," Anderson said.  

Currently Vigo county faces lawsuits that the current jail is unsafe and overcrowded. 

The new location comes after a previous proposed location at Praireton Road across from the Aquatic Center was denied by Terre Haute City Council.  

But now officials are hopeful that a jail will be built at the new site.  

"I'm happy that we are moving this process forward and we are progressing at least at this point and time," Vigo County Council President Aaron Loudermilk said. "We do have a site that they are honing in on, a site that they are naming on a document so that is reassuring that we are furthering this process." 

Up next the resolution will need to be passed by the budget committee. 

If the resolution passes a committee vote, it will be up for a county council vote March 12. 

If that passes the county will then be in position to appraise and buy the property.      

"If everything falls into order, hopefully we can finally move on with this project," Anderson said.  

According to Commissioner Anderson if all goes according to plan and the council approves the appraisals, they could start the following day. Construction could begin as early as September.      

In other council news there was a first reading of a proposed tax abatement that would help create new jobs for local factory called Futurex Industries. 

It's a company that makes a variety of products, including garage doors. 

Also, the council denied a request by the Vigo County Parks Department to add one new maintenance position out of existing funds. 

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