Terre Haute, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The Vigo County Government has been ordered by a federal judge to construct a new jail within a certain time frame.
Since the order Vigo County Commissioners have been busy scouting out possible sites.
The current proposed site, behind Honey Creek Mall and the old Stu’s Golf Course, is waiting to be approved for rezoning by the Terre Haute City Council.
The formal rezoning approval request has been filed with city council since June.
At July’s meeting, the council decided to table the decision for August.
Now the council has to either approve or oppose the jail site.
“I hope they can figure out if they are gonna rezone it. I hope it doesn’t get stalled because I think we just want an answer one way or the other so that we can work for it,” said Vigo County resident Lucas Steward. “Because all this indecision is kind of causing a disturbance.”
According to City Council President Martha Crossen, no matter the council’s decision, the county will have the power to make the next move.
“If we approve this zoning then they are free to build the jail on that site,” she explained. “Or they could still decide to go somewhere else.”
Some residents, like the Citizens for Better Government group, have vocalized their concerns on the proposed site.
“To me the most sensible thing is to put it close to where it is now,” said member Mike Gordon. “Close to the Courthouse where we don’t make our law enforcement transport prisoners.”
During the August meeting residents are invited to share their support or opposition of the site before a vote is cast.
“I think all of us certainly respect the right of the public to voice their concerns,” said Crossen. “And you know we serve the pleasure of the people so of course we are concerned about what our constituents are thinking.”
According to Crossen, if the council votes no on the rezoning commissioners will have to search for a new location.