Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 28 October 2008 13:50
Both incumbent Republican County Commissioner Randy Dallke and his District 3 opponent in the Nov. 4 general election, Democrat Aaron Allen, say they are committed to promoting Marion County as a better place to live.
But their similarities end quickly when it comes to the question of whether they support the ballot question of voting a sales-tax bond for a new county jail and communications center.
Dallke said he does support the new jail question because current facilities are out-of-date with safety issues and inabilities to meet state requirements that could result in legal issues.
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 28 October 2008 13:46
Kids and adults gather around their new canine friend Leroy during the Thursday morning story time at the Hillsboro Public Libary. The dog’s caretaker, author Janice Ronald (below), read her book “Leroy the Ugly Dog” as part of the morning’s activities. Leroy is a certified therapy dog that visits hospitals, schools, libraries, nursing homes and other facilities that benefit from the interaction. Ronald is owner of Family Dog Training and Behaviorial Center in Valley Center.Following story time, children were treated to “puppy chow,” a sweet snack and other special surprises.
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 28 October 2008 13:41
County officials and consultants entertain questions from the public during the public meeting last Thursday regarding the jail porposal.
Tired of seeing money leaving Marion County, the commissioners believe one way to recoup some of that money is by building a new $8.65 million jail complex using a one-cent sales tax and bringing in prisoners from other counties to pay its operating costs.
The commissioners, Tony Rangel and Aaron Smith, both with Law/Kingdon Architecture in Wichita were in Hillsboro, Marion and Peabody last week for the second round of jail talks.
Not only would a new jail meet state and federal guidelines, Commissioner Dan Holub said, but the larger facility would provide an outlet for other counties to house their prisoners here.
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 21 October 2008 14:30
Jim Heinicke, the researcher hired by Marion County Citizens for a Better Way, goes over the results of his review of five county jails in central Kansas. Patty Decker / Free Press.
The second round of meetings held Monday in Hillsboro on a proposed $8.65 million jail in Marion County was to answer questions raised from the first set of public meetings. Instead, the answers prompted even more questions.
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 21 October 2008 14:19
Research commissioned by a citizens group opposing the county’s proposal for a 78-bed pay-to-stay jail indicates the operation would need to be subsidized with property taxes to the tune of nearly $1.2 million per year—even with the most optimistic occupancy rates.
The findings were presented at Monday’s public meeting called by the commissioners and their consultants in Hillsboro. Similar meetings were planned for Marion on Tuesday and Peabody on Thursday as a follow-up to initial meetings two weeks earlier.
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