Public meeting on jail closing issue is Friday

Posted May 1, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Clinton County Fiscal Court will conduct a public meeting this coming Friday, May 3 at 6 p.m. in the upstairs courtroom of the Clinton County Courthouse.

The sole purpose of the meeting is for the court to conduct a “public comment period” for citizens to voice their opinions, concerns or questions about the proposed closing of the Clinton County Jail.

According to Clinton County Judge/Executive Lyle Huff, there will be no official action taken on the issue at Friday’s public meeting. The court is scheduled to hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, May 16 at 5 p.m.

The public meeting for citizen comments this Friday will be conducted in a formal setting, with Roberts Rules of Order to apply and each person speaking will have a certain time limit in which to voice their comments.

The jail issue has been on the front burner for the past several weeks as some court members believe that closing the existing detention facility can save the county a few hundred thousand annually in operating costs.

Some, however, believe closing the facility would not save the county that much in revenue and have suggested other ways of producing revenue for the county to operate.

On Friday, local residents with an opinion on the jail closing, pro or con, will have their chance to make their opinions heard by the full body of the fiscal court.