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Oconee County Considers Demolishing Old Jail

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Commissioners for Oconee County are considering a plan to tear down the old, unused jail tucked at the rear of the existing courthouse in Watkinsville.

John Daniell, Oconee County Board of Commissioners Chairman, proposed the plan at the end of a Town Hall Meeting held by the Commissioners Thursday night. In addition to tearing down the old jail, Daniell mentioned that the county should build an addition to the courthouse where the old jail now sits.

According to the Oconee County Observations, Eighteen people other than the commissioners attended the meeting, which covered a range of topics, including the Animal Shelter, Mars Hill Road, the proposed widening of U.S. 441, and the possibility of a property tax rollback.

The commissioners have not reached agreement on what to do to address county space needs long term, but the proposal to build an addition where the old jails sits was offered by a group studying Courthouse security and is now under consideration.