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DeKalb County justice complex construction delayed

DeKalb County Commissioner Don Grogg said the delay is needed because it took longer than expected to find a spot to build the justice complex.

Posted: Oct 31, 2017 9:15 AM
Updated: Oct 31, 2017 9:15 AM

AUBURN, Ind. (WFFT) - Construction for a new DeKalb County Community Corrections Center and DeKalb County Jail is delayed.

DeKalb County Commissioner Don Grogg said the delay is needed because it took longer than expected to find a spot to build the justice complex.

The complex will be built on the county farm, on County Road 40 outside Auburn.

However, people who live near the county farm are still upset the project is moving forward.

"I'm disgruntled about the whole situation," said Gary Williams, who lives next to the county farm. "I do hunt this property. I also run a small gun business out of my home. What is the sheriff going to think about me, or anybody for that matter think about me shooting my weapons?"

Grogg told WFFT August he hoped to break ground on the corrections center in November. Now that's pushed back to Spring 2018.

The county is securing land to build a road connecting the campus to State Road 8.

Williams still wants to see the jail in downtown Auburn.

"Why can't it be extended, the existing jail? As far as structural wise or whatever the case maybe," he said.

The community corrections center will be built before the jail.

The facility will be used for a work release program, instead of contracting out the service to other counties.

However, the work release program is one of the many concerns Williams has about the complex being built on the county farm.

"We are so disgruntled about this whole situation. Where it's taking place, right beside us, there's nothing we can say or do to make any difference what so ever," said Williams.

Williams said he's not sticking around to see the project finished, instead he's moving his family to another county.

"My wife and I spent our whole adult life working hard for everything we have and what we've built here. It doesn't mean much anymore."

The DeKalb County Commissioners will discuss if they will move to the design phase for the community corrections center Monday.

The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. in the DeKalb County Courthouse.

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