What will the new Adams County Jail be called?

Jail Administrator Chad Downs gives a tour of the new Adams County Jail on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. The facility, which will include office space for the Adams County Sheriff's Department and the Quincy Police Department doesn't have a formal name yet.| H-W Photo/Jake Shane
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 12, 2019 12:01 am

Has a name been selected for the new Adams County Jail?


Continuing to refer to it as the Adams County Jail is likely, but officials are aware that the facility set to open early next year probably needs a name. After all, the Quincy Police Department and the Adams County Sheriff's Department have space in it.

Adams County Sheriff Brian VonderHaar said informally people call it the "Adams County Detention Center," but he agrees that won't cut it. He has also referred to it as "the new Adams County law enforcement facility."

"There's never been a decision of what we're going to call that thing," he said.

Before construction of the facility started in 2017, we were asked in a previous column if it was going to have a name after the design team called it the "Adams County Detention Center and Law Enforcement Center" in drawings.

Adams County Board Chairman Kent Snider said a couple of names have been kicked around but nothing has formally been proposed.

"We haven't really come up with a solution," Snider said.

Work continues on the nearly $32 million, 75,000-square-foot facility. It will be able to house about 190 inmates over one floor and a mezzanine level, as well as bring inmates in through a secure sallyport off Sixth Street. The current jail, which is spread over three floors of the Adams County Courthouse, has a capacity of about 120.

The county is paying for the new facility through a quarter-cent sales tax increase approved by voters in April 2015. The city of Quincy also is chipping in $4 million for construction for a new police department.


There was a lumberyard at Second and College partially torn down, but there are piles of debris and other stuff, and the orange fence is down. Is that against city code?


Michael Seaver, director of inspection and enforcement for the city of Quincy, said the former Bayview Supply building, 630 S. Second, was demolished in the spring of 2018.

"Much of the material was salvaged," Seaver said. "The fence would have been required at such time as there was an active demolition process. With the structure now razed and there being no open excavations, the permit is now closed."

Jack Holtschlag of Bayview Partners LLC, which owns the property, said some stone from the property is being salvaged at the time, and the remaining debris will be removed.

There are no plans at this time for the site.


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