In a special meeting Friday, the Clay County Commissioners reviewed and approved the bid specifications for the future demolition.
Commissioner Paul Sinders said the ability to bid for the contract is open to anyone who has an interest in the work.
"However, we will not award the contract until after the County Council approves the appropriation for the project," he said.
Demolishing the old jail has been a topic of discussion since the Clay County Justice Center opened in 2006, but has been expedited in recent months as a research committee was formed in February to examine the possibilities for new buildings on the lot.
One of the options discussed was a building, which would serve as additional storage for evidence collected in investigations by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, along with an area designated for maintenance on county equipment, while another would contain the employees and operations of Clay County Community Corrections.
"Right now, (Clay County Highway Superintendent) Pete Foster is looking into the possible purchase of a storage container from Illiana Truck Parts so we would have a temporary location to store the county's equipment after the demolition of the jail," Commissioners' President Charlie Brown said. "We are also looking into the options available for the storage of books containing some county records that are currently being housed at the jail."
He added those interested in making a bid for the demolition are welcome to make an appointment to tour the facility in order to provide the most accurate information in the bid packages.
Commissioners' Attorney Eric Somheil said a notice of the impending demolition must be submitted to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management at least 10 days prior to the start of the project.
For a bid package to be considered, it must be submitted to the Clay County Auditor's Office no later than 9:45 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 4, in a sealed envelope which includes five copies of the proposal.
"The bids must also include a Public Works Bid Form," Clay County Auditor Mary Jo Alumbaugh added.
Bids for the demolition of the old jail will be opened by the commissioners in a special meeting set for 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 4, in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.
The next regular meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be 9 a.m., Monday, Aug. 1, at the same location.