Delaware County Approves Site for New County Jail

Delaware County has officially approved the proposed site for the county jail and Sheriff’s Office.

The new facility will be built in Gary Vontalge’s subdivision on the northwest side of Manchester. The County will purchase a four-acre lot in that commercial subdivision, which sits just north of Old Highway 20 past Runde Auto Group at the intersection of North 13th Street and West Howard Street.

On Monday, the County Board of Supervisors agreed to pay 50-thousand dollars per acre for a grand total of 200-thousand dollars, which is included in the five-point-nine million dollar bond issue approved by voters last month. All utilities are on site and Vontalge has agreed to put in a retention pond for the County. Supervisor Jeff Madlom, who helped negotiate the deal, says they’re pleased with how everything turned out.

Madlom says the County will contract with a real estate attorney.

Delaware County Sheriff John LeClere says construction will likely begin this fall.

The current jail and Sheriff’s Office, built in 1967, sits near downtown Manchester next to the county courthouse. It is at full capacity and it no longer meets state jail standards, with the state jail inspector pushing the County to make improvements or risk closing. Over 85-percent of voters approved the bond issue for the new jail and Sheriff’s Office last month. Sheriff LeClere says that kind of overwhelming support was very much appreciated.

Delaware County’s new jail and Sheriff’s Office is expected to be completed and ready to move into by the fall of 2020.