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Demolition begins

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Arexco, Inc., Spencer, began demolition of the old jail Tuesday, Oct. 11. The demotional is expected to last for two-three weeks. [Order this photo]
The demolition on the old jail began Tuesday.

The jail was built in 1965 with a capacity for about 50 inmates.

"The community out grew it," Clay County Commissioner President Charlie Brown said.

Brown said the cost to renovate the building was going to be between $250,000-$300,000, but it still wouldn't be big enough.

After the new jail, the Clay County Justice Center, was built, no one seemed interested in the old building, Brown said.

In August, the Clay County commissioners met for a special meeting and accepted a contract with Arexco, Inc., Spencer, for $38,450 for the demolition of the old jail.

The demolition is expected to be completed in two-three weeks.

Regarding the lot, Brown said, "There are a lot of ideas being brought up for it, but for now we are just getting the building down."

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Sure could been used something besides paying $39,000 have it torn down what a waste of taxpayers money. we got the cream of the crop in brazil as far as elected officials.

-- Posted by buddry55 on Tue, Oct 11, 2011, at 8:39 PM

The community didnt out grow it. We live in a police state now and if you look at someone funny you can be imprisoned.

-- Posted by petmonster on Wed, Oct 12, 2011, at 1:34 AM

They couldn't use it for courthouse storage or what not? Seems like they just didn't want an eyesore next to their Taj-Majal of a new jail. While i'm on the gripe train i'm curious as to why they didn't use a local contractor to demolish it?

-- Posted by ugotitdude on Wed, Oct 12, 2011, at 8:08 AM

ugotitdude: I think I can answer your question as to why they didn't use a local company. The Commissioners were required by state statute to ask for sealed bids on this project which they did. If I remember correctly, they received 5 or 6 bids, some of which were from local people. The state statute "requires" the commissioners to accept the lowest bid as long as it complies with all the requirements of the bid specs. All this info was published in The Brazil Times just a few weeks ago and is a matter of public record. So, their you have it.

-- Posted by open minded on Wed, Oct 12, 2011, at 12:11 PM

That would make a great place for a skate park...

-- Posted by no1special on Wed, Oct 12, 2011, at 2:52 PM

no1special: You have the best idea ever...

I have 2 children who have been waiting for a skate park... Where better but next to the Sheriff's backyard.. This would also stop the negative comments about the skate park being a place where trouble starts.

-- Posted by purehonesty on Thu, Oct 13, 2011, at 7:39 AM

a waste of money they should have fixed it up and used it 5 yrs ago when the new was built,, oh wait that would have been a great idea something some people don't have>>..

-- Posted by 4 ft. nuttin on Thu, Oct 13, 2011, at 11:53 AM

It could have been used as storage or office space of some sort. But don't let it set unoccupied & be an eyesore , this town has enough of that.

-- Posted by houseofhate on Sun, Oct 16, 2011, at 10:32 PM

ugotitdude: The city parks board did not accept the lowest bid when they "sealed bid" the mowing of the city parks. What say you?

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Mon, Oct 17, 2011, at 6:38 AM

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