The Clay County Jail was again a topic of discussion for the County Commissioners Monday morning.
A recent letter from the Indiana Civil Liberties Union again addressed the problems of overcrowding, sanitary conditions, and inability to separate violent criminals from the non-violent criminals, and the ability to separate male and female inmates.
"We can no longer find an excuse for this," said Buddy Knox.
"If we don't make a move, he (Kenneth Falk, the ICLU attorney) will," said Sheriff Rob Carter. "We are in direct contempt of a consent decree dated 1994. Delaware County took no action and the judge hearing the case ordered a jail to be built. The jail that met minimum requirements would cost $20 million, but when the judge ordered it built, it became a $60 million jail. "
Falk is the ICLU attorney that was involved with the sidewalk suit in which the city had to make all sidewalks in the city handicap accessible.
Carter said the Delaware County jail has cells that are larger than the offices at his jail. Currently the inmate population should not exceed 45. Falk requested the number of times the population of the jail was over 45, however Carter could not provide the information.
Currently the county has purchased the property for the new jail, and has set aside about $1 million towards its construction.
In other business, David Parr was elected as the president of the commissioners, replacing Buddy Knox, while newly-elected Daryl Andrews was elected as vice president.
Ron Chamberlain, county highway supervisor, informed the commissioners that SR 42 was scheduled for road work by the state. The work is to be done in the area known as Vinegar Hill, and the work will be to remove the curves in that area. The detour will be north on County Line Road to CR 500 north then west to CR 300 east. The project should be completed later this year.
Chamberlain also informed the commissioners that according to a survey by Charlie Fox, there were 2.416 acres of spoils from the work done on Briley Ditch.