MANCHESTER, Iowa — Delaware County supervisors have unanimously approved a land purchase that will be the new location of the county jail.
The county agreed to spend $200,000 for 4 acres north of 13th Street and west of Howard Street in Manchester.
Supervisor Jeff Madlom said the location will house the county’s jail administration, intake and will have the capacity to hold up to 38 inmates.
More than 85% of voters cast ballots in favor of issuing $5.9 million in bonds to support the project earlier this year. Madlom attributes the success to outreach efforts on social media.
“It’s a huge success for the board and our sheriff, John LeClere,” he said. “We did tremendous amounts of social media and meetings. It was a lot larger campaign than we had done in the past.”
As part of the effort, inmates were even moved and open houses were held for the public to view the jail’s deteriorated condition for themselves.
He said the county aims to have the concrete and footings for the new location installed by this fall. The project will be completed in fall 2020.