- Associated Press - Saturday, November 1, 2014

ADEL, Iowa (AP) - A compromise proposal to build an $11.8 million administration building near downtown Adel and a $16.3 million jail complex on the eastern edge of the city will be decided by Dallas County voters on Tuesday.

Under the proposal, the administration building would be constructed on a roughly four-acre stretch of land just west of the Raccoon River, The Des Moines Register reported (https://dmreg.co/1wSlXks ). The county would have to tear down residential buildings and two businesses.

Officials held four public meetings in October on the new proposal and have assured the public that the popular Raccoon River Valley Trail near proposed construction would not be affected.

The compromise proposal reached by Adel and Dallas County officials calls for two buildings, as opposed to the one facility sought by officials in 2013.

In August 2013, voters who lived in the Dallas County sections of Clive, Waukee and West Des Moines largely supported the bond proposal for the single building outside Adel, but fierce opposition in Adel saw the measure defeated. Residents in Adel raised concerns that moving services away from the city’s downtown would be inconvenient and hurt downtown businesses.

Officials say that if the proposal is approved, it will save the county from paying around $200,000 in rent for different offices. As the county population has surged to nearly 75,000 residents, more county offices have been pushed out of the Dallas County Courthouse and into downtown office buildings.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com

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