Terre Haute City Council hears jail rezoning proposal

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Thursday night, the Terre Haute City Council had their first reading of a proposal to rezone the property behind Honey Creek Mall as the location for the new Vigo County Jail.

It’s a location that many residents at Thursday’s meeting spoke out against.

“To have that long of a drive time, to take them to jail and to drive back to where they’re patrolling, that’s a lot of time and i think that will increase response times,” said Liz Brown, Terre Haute resident.

The council did not make a decision on the jail Thursday night, and council president Martha Crossen says she would like to see county and city officials have a discussion before a decision is made.

“It’s been one of the missing pieces in this process. Everyone is talking around it but we haven’t really talked much to each other,” Crossen said.

Crossen says she hopes through meeting with county officials that they can find a solution that meets both sides expectations.

“I think a few of us could get together and have a conversation and see if there is any middle ground at all that we could work through with both city and county officials,” Crossen said.

Crossen says if county and city officials do meet in regards to the jail, interested members of the public would also be invited.

Terre Haute City Council will hear the jail rezoning proposal again at their first meeting in August.

Crossen says it’s unclear if a decision will be made at that time.

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