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Clay County Council approves demolition

Friday, August 26, 2011

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During the Clay County Council special meeting Friday, the appropriation to demolish the old jail with a cost of $40,000 was approved.

"I think we're making progress," County Commissioner Paul Sinders said before the council voted. "I'm very hopeful the council will approve this appropriation."

President Mike McCullough agreed with Sinders.

"I think we're doing the right thing," McCullough said.

After the council voted and the appropriation was approved, Sinders said, "We've all looked at this and studied this ... I believe your vote today is the right way to go. There might be some people who think we should renovate it, but those of us who've researched it ... are making the right decision for the taxpayers."

McCullough added some people have mentioned a community corrections building being built in place of the old jail. At this point, that has not been decided. However, McCullough said, "If it would be built, it will not be paid by tax-payers. That's something that needs to be cleared up."

Meanwhile, a transfer of appropriation for the surveyor's office from the cornerstone fund was approved.

On Monday, Aug. 29, at 10:30 a.m., the county commissioners will meet to discuss the approval of the contract for the demolition of the old jail.

The next council meeting will be Monday, Sept. 5, at 6 p.m.



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