By Ken de la Bastide
The Herald Bulletin
---- — ANDERSON – After several decades being housed in the Madison County Government Center, the offices of the Madison County Council of Governments will be moving next spring.
The Board of County Commissioners has plans to move the Council of Governments (COG) offices to the former Triple-L youth facility near the intersection of Mounds and Rangeline roads.
Dan Dykes, county administrator, said the commissioners purchased the two former Triple-L buildings and 3.75 acres last May for $125,000.
The county sold the property several years ago to Triple-L for $1 and was given the first opportunity to purchase the buildings and property, he said.
At the time it was purchased, Dykes said, the county was looking at opening a women’s work release center. There were 90 women incarcerated in the Madison County Jail. He said the judges have done a good job of holding down the inmate population.
Dykes said the current plan is to use one of the two buildings for a work release center for 24 women.
Bids to remodel the two buildings came in at $250,000 for each facility. The commissioners will discuss the bids at their Jan. 7 meeting.
“We’re still looking at a women’s work release center,” Dyke said.
Previously the Madison County Purdue Extension office was relocated from the third floor of the government center to the Oakwood building on the property. Dykes said that move was to provide more space for the Madison County Prosecutor’s Office.
The county has allocated $65,000 in food and beverage tax revenues to remodel one of the buildings for the COG office, Dykes said. The remodeling work is expected to begin in March.
Dykes said the commissioners intend to locate the Madison County Emergency Management Agency offices from County Road 600 North to the former COG offices and to create a conference room with some of the space.
The Human Resources Department will move from the commissioners' office on the first floor of the government center to another office area on the same floor near the Treasurer’s Office.
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