Until the Cortland County Legislature decides whether, and how to solve inadequacies with its 28-year-old jail it, it’s considering ways to make money from land on Route 13 in Cortlandville donated to possibly house a new jail.
“There were people who thought that the jail was going to be built fairly soon and I believe building a new jail is on hold for a while,” Legislator Sandra Price (D- Harford, Virgil) said Wednesday.
The 74-acre parcel — behind the Tractor Supply Co. store and across Route 13 from the Byrne Dairy yogurt plant — was donated to the county in 2016 and at the time set aside as a site for building a new jail.
However, four years later, legislators are still debating whether a new facility is needed. Price, the new chairwoman of the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee, said county officials want to see how new state laws on bail affect the jail population.