SULLIVAN, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The Sullivan County Council approved the building of a new jail in a 5-2 vote as part of Monday night’s meeting.

Several members of the public gave their opinions on the $39 million project.

Most attendees wanted council members to approve the building of a new jail now before inflation causes prices to go up.

A few in attendance did not believe a new jail is necessary.

Those involved say the new facility will house the sheriff’s department, and will hold between 180 to 190 inmates.

Right now some Sullivan County inmates have to be sent to other county jails due to lack of space.

“We’re all going to have to pay for this. We’re all going to benefit from this. So in the long run, I think it’s the thing. We did the right thing tonight, and hopefully the future will show that,” Sullivan County Councilman Jerry Payne said.

The proposed location for the new jail is at 2357 N. Section St near the Sullivan County Animal Shelter.