Sunday, June 14, 2009

Jail Annex to be Discussed?

Jail overcrowding is once again on the agenda Monday night as the Putnam County commission meets. But whether it gets discussed may be an issue for the parliamentarian to decide. The commission's planning committee has recommended that the county NOT proceed with the purchase of some property off Holder Avenue for a new jail annex. But that recommendation is counter to one made by the Land and Facilities Committee. That committee has also recommended that discussion of the issue be put off until July -- in part to give more people time to gather information. Opponents of the Holder Avenue site say it is little more than a swamp and that it is contaminated with oil from the salvage yard next door to it. Proponents say it is isolated from nearby homes and would be virtually invisible to anyone who didn't know it was there. They also point out that it's been more than a year that the county has been paying other jails to house their inmates.