Commissioners Considering Land Buy For Jail

Sunday, March 11th 2007, 1:15 pm
By: News On 6

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) _ Cleveland County commissioners are considering whether to purchase land in north Norman for a possible jail expansion.

On Monday Commissioners are scheduled to take up a proposal to buy 28.92 acres near Interstate 35 that's presently owned by York Luxaire Incorporated. If approved, a letter of intent to purchase the property for $1.3 million would be sent to the company.

The county is under pressure from the Oklahoma State Health Department to expand the present jail, located in downtown Norman.

District Three Commissioner Rusty Sullivan says the county is looking at other sites but the area at 24th Avenue Northwest and Franklin Road is their top choice because of its size and its isolation from nearby residents.