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Commissioners continue work on jail expansion
Polk County Enterprise - July 2008
LIVINGSTON -- Polk County commissioners will consider a resolution to proceed with condemnation proceedings to acquire clear title to property for the county jail expansion project during Tuesday’s Commissioner’s Court meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday. That resolution and consideration of an agreement for legal services will be taken up after an executive session to deliberate about real property. Commissioners had held several such sessions in connection with regularly scheduled court meetings to work out details of remaining real estate transactions. In earlier statements about the pending transactions, County Judge John Thompson said the court was making every effort to ensure the residents of the affected property would obtain safe, sanitary housing.
As part of the purchase of one tract, the court agreed to pay the expenses for moving a frame house and mobile home to the residents’ new property nearby. While county offi cials did not give a reason for condemnation prior to press time Friday, local real estate professionals told the Enterprise that some of the property surrounding the current site of the county jail would likely require condemnation proceedings because ownership is shared by several heirs who cannot be located.
Commissioners will also consider approval of a contract for architectural services for the jail expansion Tuesday. Other items on Tuesday’s agenda include: * Approve the district clerk’s capital project in the amount not to exceed $10,000 for imaging of old record books to be paid from general fund balance. * Consider action on a bid for purchase of about 14,000 cubic yards of quality iron ore gravel material or rock for BIg Thicket Lake Estates. * Consider action on regulation of vehicle/pedestrian traffic on Rocky Creek Bridge in precinct 2.