Brown County Commission take big step toward selling surplus building to Jay Harris of Harris Machine

ABERDEEN, S.D.(HubCityRadio)- The Brown County Commission on Thursday discussed what to do with the Hub City, Inc. building that was going to be used for a regional jail.

Rod Tobin, lawyer for Siegel, Barnett, & Schultz, who’s representing Aberdeen Development Corporation spoke to the commission & recommended selling the building to Jay Harris of Harris Machine based in Oakes, N.D.

Tobin believes the commission can sell the building & still maintain a focus for getting a regional jail going forward.

Tobin discuss what the wages could be at Harris Machine based in Aberdeen.

Tobin also informed the commission what Jay Harris is willing to pay for the building & some additional land.

Tobin told the commission that Harris Machine is willing to help with prisoners by doing an apprentice program for the business.

Jay Harris discuss what will happen going forward if allowed to purchase the building.

Harris hopes to have about 100 employed at the business in the next 2-3 years.

Commissioner Mike Wiese reminds the commission that the concept of a new regional jail is still needed going forward.

Brown County resident Bob Schatz believes the commission needs to put closure on this matter soon.

The Brown County Commission agreed to reject the 3.6 million dollar initial bid to Jay Harris following their executive session in order to negotiate a four million dollar offer discussed during the regular session.