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'We're getting the ball moving down the field...' County Council moves the jail one step closer

Vigo County is one step closer to finalizing the new jail but there is still a lot to be done.

Posted: Mar 12, 2019 11:41 PM

VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) -- A handful of Vigo County residents stood up in front of the county council Tuesday to voice their concerns.

'I think what you saw here tonight was democracy in action the public spoke the public gave ideas and as a government teacher I love that," Councilmen Jim Mann said.

Tuesday night councilmen Mann asked for additional property to considered for the site of the jail or at least some part of the jail manufacturing

That site is first and Ohio or what was formally known as Thompson Honda.

After his motion passed the council 6 to 1 Mann received applause from the crowd.

"Wich would be perfect for a parking area if we're able to build a new facility where the current jail is and that's what I'm advocating for to me that makes the most sense," Brendan Kearns Vigo County Commissioner said. 

The discussion of the jail has been going on for a little over two years now.

"It has to be done, and it needs to be done correctly," Mann said. 

Mann said he thinks after the meeting they are moving in the right direction.

Both Mann and Kearns said they won't know a definite location until after the appraisals of all the property.

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