MUNCIE – In a special meeting Monday afternoon, the Delaware County Commissioners formally signed off on the "build operate transfer" agreement that will allow for the construction of a new jail.

While the commissioners had already approved the plan in December, they had to formally sign off on the agreement.

County council, in the second step in the process, approved the plan to enter into a deal with Delaware County Justice Partners LLC in building the jail under the BOT on Feb. 26.

The council also approved the funding the commissioners needed to enter into the agreement.

The jail proposal will be a $45 million, 500-bed jail in the former ASONS/Wilson Middle School building. The new jail aims to address overcrowding issues with the current jail, which was judged inadequate by the state.

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