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Residents have concerns about jail committee

Residents have been voicing concerns about the county’s jail committee, county commissioners said Monday.

Among the concerns were questions about whether the committee would hear from the public before it makes a recommendation and why 20 percent of the committee members were involved in car sales.

The committee plans to have informational meetings countywide, but had wanted to have public sessions only after a plan was crafted.

The need for openness needs to be balanced against the committee’s ability to complete its task, Commissioner Randy Dallke said.

Commission Chairman Dan Holub asked Sheriff Rob Craft to arrange a meeting devoted to public comment before the plan is final.

Although three of 15 committee members are involved in car sales, Holub said commissioners didn’t consider occupation while choosing the committee.

Rather, he said, they tried to get a geographically representative group that included people who were opposed to the last jail proposal. Committee members were chosen from about 30 volunteers.

Last modified June 24, 2009