Traveling Jail Show: Tour to explain project
HOUGHTON — Houghton County voters who want to learn more about the proposal for a jail expansion won’t have to travel far.
The county will hold several hearings throughout the month of October in advance of the November vote on a millage, County Board Chairman Al Koskela said at Tuesday’s meeting.
Participants would include Sheriff Brian McLean, Undersheriff Kevin Coppo, Jail Administrator Doug Hebner, architect Karin Cooper of U.P. Engineers & Architects, Administrator Eric Forsberg and the board member from the hosting district.
“We’d like to spread them around, so that everybody would have a chance to put their two-cents’ worth in before the election,” Koskela said.
UPEA is preparing a one-page fact sheet, as well as a list of common questions to be posted on an upcoming website about the proposal, Forsberg said.
The meetings will begin with a PowerPoint presentation before being opened up to questions from the public.
The $11 million, 64-bed addition to the jail would be built behind the courthouse on the site that is now a parking deck. In July, the board approved language for a millage with an estimated annual rate of .751 mills. The estimated millage would be .7439 mills in 2019.
Dates so far include:
•Oct. 3: 7 p.m., Calumet, at the commons area of the Public Schools of Calumet, Laurium & Keweenaw.
•Oct. 9: Laird Township (tentative).
•Oct. 10: 6:30 p.m., Chassell, Chassell Fire Hall.
•Oct. 17: 7 p.m., Lake Linden, at the Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools gym.
•Oct. 24: Houghton, in the Houghton County Circuit Courtroom.
More dates and times will be scheduled and announced.