League of Women Voters Houghton County Jail/Courthouse Survey
Thank you for taking the Jail/Courthouse Project Survey from the League of Women Voters of the Copper Country. The purpose of this new survey is to continue to collect community input for the Houghton County Commissioners till the end of April.
Serious problems at the jail require that the Houghton County Jail be upgraded, and the County Commissioners are moving forward with a plan to replace the parking deck on the Courthouse with a jail addition. The current draft solution addresses the most serious deficiencies at the jail but leaves Courthouse and sheriff's department problems unaddressed and creates new problems with parking and jail/Courthouse interactions. The current proposal also leaves no room for addressing future needs. The County needs your input to guide decision making.
Any addition/change to the jail will require a property tax jail millage be assessed on Houghton County landowners.
Thank you for taking the time to give input to your public officials.
1. Which of the following approaches to the facility issues would you support? (Select all that you would support.) NOTE: Camp Kitwen is slated for demolition in August 2018 and is NOT an option for the site of the Houghton County jail.
Build an addition to the existing Sheriff's office and jail where the parking deck is now (the least expensive solution addressing only the most urgent problems).
Build a new Sheriff's office and jail (with a district court room) across the street on County property or elsewhere and EVENTUALLY renovate the courthouse and the existing Sheriff's office and jail for County courthouse office expansion (a more expensive and comprehensive solution, but solving some problems is deferred).
Build a new Sheriff's office and jail (with a district court room) somewhere else in the City of Houghton and CONCURRENTLY renovate the courthouse and the existing Sheriff's office and jail for County courthouse expansion (a more costly solution but with more problems addressed).
Build a combined courthouse, Sheriff's office, and jail in a new location, likely on City of Houghton-owned property near Wal-Mart (a more costly solution but with more problems addressed).
Do Nothing (and continue to risk negative consequences to the County from governmental authorities and lawsuits).
Comments or Suggestions:
2. Are you registered to vote in Houghton County?
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