The Midvale City Council is bucking the trend and backing a proposal to build a new jail to hold convicted misdemeanor offenders.

After much debate, council members Tuesday night approved a proposal by the Salt Lake County Council of Governments endorsing construction of a 350-bed honor farm to house misdemeanor offenders, such as bad-check writers and drunken drivers.But the council amended the recommendation to say it would leave the issue up to individual voters rather than encourage citizen approval.

"Everybody knows you've got to have a misdemeanor facility. But everybody says, `Don't put the damn thing near me,' " Mayor Everett Dahl said.

A May 23 election is scheduled for voters to approve or deny $12 million in bonding to build the jail, proposed for a parcel of county-owned land at 33rd South and 12th West.