County hires real estate agent to help purchase property for new jail

Sept. 6 – ANDERSON – Madison County Commissioners have hired a real estate company to help purchase property for the county’s new jail.

Commissioners voted 2-1 on Tuesday to hire an agent with ReMax to represent the county in negotiations to purchase land for the proposed 450-bed jail.

The agreement provides for the payment to the real estate agent of a commission of 3.5%.

State law requires government entities to obtain two certified appraisals and pay no more than the average of the two appraisals to purchase a property.

“It will be helpful to have a realtor to help with the purchase,” said John Richwine, chairman of the Madison County Board of Commissioners.

Richwine said the county is considering two properties for potential purchase.

Commissioner Kelly Gaskill voted no to hire the real estate agent.

Commissioners approved a contract with Fredricks Inc. to build the Madison County Health Department storage facility at a cost of $961,824.

Health Department administrator Stephenie Mellinger said the storage barn will be built near Madison County Emergency Management Agency facilities.

She said the storage barn will house the mobile unit, trailer and other department equipment.

The Health Department’s storage building will be a 72-by-140-foot barn-type building that will be built on county-owned property on Broadway. The building will include an office and toilets.

Earlier this year, the Department of Health repaid $300,000 in US bailout funding for the storage facility.

Mellinger said at the time that the Department of Health had the funds for the building through state Medicaid reimbursement.

In other cases, Larry Strange was introduced as the county’s new planning director.

Strange is a former director of planning for Grant County and most recently served as deputy director of planning for Hancock County.

He was hired with a salary of $75,000 this year and $80,000 in 2023.

Follow Ken de la Bastide on Twitter @KendelaBastide, or call 765-640-4863.

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