2 weeks ago
Agreeing to spend nearly $600,000 of taxpayer dollars on designing a jail that we don't have a clear picture of what it would include is plain irresponsible. (Source: bit.ly/2HfgsKP)
Having public meetings when the county is already obligated to pay over half a million dollars for design work means that the powers that be have already decided what is to be done.
This is a theme with our current Commissioners.
I reviewed the Strollo Report. It does not adequately address many of my concerns. Look at the attached screenshots from the Strollo Report. I immediately notice the absence of goals such as reducing recidivism, increasing literacy, addressing chronic poverty, promoting community connections, or any reference to an outside community. Instead, the report is focused on managing what are identified as problems.
I have to ask: Is that what our community wants; politicians just managing problems? Or do we want solutions? Who is driving the design of this project? The people or the design firm and architects?
If we want to make a better future for all of us, we have to think about what future we want and then work toward creating it. We cannot simply focus on trying to manage the present.
We are not the only community facing these issues. Why are we trying to solve this problem as if it is unique to Ashtabula County? We should be learning from other communities before we pay half of a million dollars to a design firm to design us a jail that is going to cost significantly more to operate.
I'll upload all of the Strollo Report documents to my Facebook page in case you want to read it for yourself. The link will be in the comments. ... See MoreSee Less