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Webster County jail project info to be presented next Tuesday

Supervisors recess public hearing

April 13, 2011
By LINDSEY MUTCHLER - Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

A public hearing on proposed repairs to the jail at the Law Enforcement Center was recessed by the Webster County Board of Supervisors during its Tuesday meeting.

The motion to recess came after Supervisor Clark Fletcher suggested the project's engineer be present to tell the board and public what's going on with the project.

"I don't mean to be a problem, but it would seem to me if we have a public hearing on the Law Enforcement Center, we should have our engineer present to tell us what's going on," Fletcher said.

Supervisor Bob Singer replied that the whole process has been discussed several times, but suggested the board go through the draft plans if it desired.

"I'm not aware of any major changes, except for what we talked about," Singer said. Those changes weren't brought up.

Webster County Auditor Carol Messerly suggested the board recess the public hearing, ask the engineer to be present and reconvene at a specific time.

Singer said the purpose of the public hearing was to ask for input on the proposed repairs.

"Officially we have to conduct this meeting," Singer said.

Webster County Management Information System Administrator Andy McGill told the board the public needs to know what's going.

"I agree with Clark," McGill said. "We know you're doing bid proposals, but we need to know what the proposals are going to be before we can discuss them."

Supervisor Phil Condon made the motion to recess the public hearing until next Tuesday at 10:15 a.m., and the board will ask the engineer to be present.

Doreen Passow, a resident of the Breen Addition, approached the board about hosting another meeting for those who were affected by the flooding of the Des Moines River last month.

Passow said she has been getting different answers for the same question from the county and the state.

"We can't start anything until we have some straight answers," said Passow. "Our lives are on hold."

Fletcher told Passow the county hasn't been ignoring the problem, and that it has been trying to set up a meeting for residents with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Natural Resources, Webster County Zoning Administrator Sheilah Lizer, as well as the supervisors.

"We are working to get that put together," Fletcher said.

Lizer told Passow the county is working toward having the the meeting next week. She said it's been difficult to find a time that works for all state and local agencies.

"All right," Passow said. "Thank you."

In other business the board approved:

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