League of Women Voters offer public comment opportunities on jail addition

HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) - A proposed addition to the Houghton County Jail raised questions at the county commissioner's meeting. League of Women Voters members advocate including voters in the planning process. The League will hold three public forums to ensure that happens.

The first is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. the week of March 26 in Laird Township Hall. An exact date is not yet decided. Two more will be held at 7 p.m. April 3 in Hancock High School and at 5:30 p.m. April 5 in Calumet High School.

"Your constituents need to tell you what they want in a jail, whether it is a new building or an addition, before you finalize your plans. This gives the voters the information they need to vote wisely when the time comes and to let you hear what is on their minds," said Hancock resident Linda Belote.

Architect Karin Cooper responded hopes to present plans at the April commissioners meeting. Commissioners intend to hold several public comment sessions next month.

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