County leaders discuss how to prioritize county projects

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NOBLESVILLE, Ind. - The Hamilton County Commissioners met this week to discuss which county projects should have the highest priority in the near future.

"We’re all going to have to put our big-boy pants on you know and suck it up a little bit and work together," County Commissioner Steve Dillinger, R-Hamilton County, said. "We all have a common goal of making this place a better place to live."

The number one priority for the county is public safety, Dillinger said. County officials are currently studying how to handle an increased number of inmates at the jail and the commissioners recommended a $500,000 study to determine the best way to add additional courtrooms. Updates to handle those growing needs will cost at least $20 million.

After that, they hope to use the $70 to $80 million they say they have available to add a public safety training building for firefighters and police officers as well as a domestic-abuse shelter for women and children.

The county also several road projects on the horizon. It's already committed funds to help build the Ind. 37 corridor and two new roundabouts at 146 Street and Keystone and 96 Street and Keystone.

Dillinger said he'd also like to see a roundabout at 146 Street and Allisonville, but that's estimated to cost more than $30 million.

All of these projects are dependent on approval from the Hamilton County Council, which approves the funding for all projects.

The commissioners plan to meet with the council later this summer to discuss priorities.

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