Tuesday, October 13, 2009

New Efforts Begin To Find Putnam Jail Annex

The newest members of Putnam County's Land and Facilities committee will take their time in getting up to speed on what needs to be done to deal with jail overcrowding and other building needs in the county. Newly-elected chairman Eris Bryant said that she will be scheduling a meeting in the next few weeks so the committee can review "where we've been, where we are now, and where we want to go." Over the past year, the committee has presented several potential sites to the full commission as possibilities for building a new jail annex, but none of them have received enough votes for passage, and many of them have been opposed by residents living near the proposed sites. The newest six appointments to the nine-member committee may also have different ideas on what needs to be done. Bryant says her main concern is to hold a meeting in which the committee is not rushed, but can take their time and review all options -- whether that takes one hour or five.