The Covington City Council unanimously passed a motion Monday night offering Fountain County an incentive to build the new jail in Covington.

According to the motion, utilities would be provided free of charge to the new jail.

“We are committed to doing all that is possible to keep the jail in Covington, where our forefathers put it with the courthouse,” City Council President Brad Crain said.

“In the interest of all taxpayers, the jail needs to be in Covington.”

The county is reviewing the costs associated with possible building sites — including one just outside Veedersburg on county-owned land — before making a decision.

County leaders had chosen Covington as the new jail site, but protests caused them to reconsider.

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