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Facilities Committee served the people well
March 26, 2001

For all practical purposes, the the Facilities Evaluation and Planning Committee have concluded their work.

Commissioned by the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners in July, the committee presented their findings to the county board on Thursday night, March 15.

The group was asked to study the countys facilities, with special attention given to the courts, corrections, law enforcement, highway, courthouse and solid waste departments. They were not to concern themselves with finances, design issues nor construction techniques.

Over the course of several months, each of the ten committee members gave considerable personal time and effort to this cause, by attending meetings, visiting sites and listening to people. Each member discharged their duties with a civic mindfulness that had the best interests of the county and its citizens in mind.

Some of the member comments, directed toward the county board on that night, were especially notable for their frankness and common sense.

Past commissioners have been derelict in their responsibilities in maintaining the courthouse over the past 40 years.

The new county office building should have been created as part of an overall master plan to meet the countys long-term space needs.

The county needs to deal with its court security problems and the need for additional jail space.

The county needs to sit down with the city of Preston and discuss the courthouse, as well as its space needs, and look at a range of reasonable options.

The county needs to develop short and long term objectives, as well as an overall master plan for its facilities.

The committee recommended that the county board create an ad hoc group made up of commissioners, facilities committee members and citizens of Preston to develop a plan of action.

In its report, the committee wrote:

It appears that the county needs to spend money to upgrade and maintain its facilities on a planned basis. To not do so only means having to do so when there is no alternative and that could happen all at one time. Keep in mind that fiscal responsibility does not mean not spending money, it means spending it responsibly.

The Facilities Evaluation and Planning Committee have served the people of Fillmore County with a job well done. They deserve our thanks and gratitude.

Glenn Kopperud, Chair; Deborah Staley, Vice Chair; Charles Dennstedt; Wayne Drier; Brigid Eickhoff; Stafford Hanson; Doug Johnson; Larry Mil-ler; Merton Root; and Jim Scheible.

John TorgrimsonMarch 26, 2001

For all practical purposes, the the Facilities Evaluation and Planning Committee have concluded their work.

Commissioned by the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners in July, the committee presented their findings to the county board on Thursday night, March 15.

The group was asked to study the countys facilities, with special attention given to the courts, corrections, law enforcement, highway, courthouse and solid waste departments. They were not to concern themselves with finances, design issues nor construction techniques.

Over the course of several months, each of the ten committee members gave considerable personal time and effort to this cause, by attending meetings, visiting sites and listening to people. Each member discharged their duties with a civic mindfulness that had the best interests of the county and its citizens in mind.

Some of the member comments, directed toward the county board on that night, were especially notable for their frankness and common sense.

Past commissioners have been derelict in their responsibilities in maintaining the courthouse over the past 40 years.

The new county office building should have been created as part of an overall master plan to meet the countys long-term space needs.

The county needs to deal with its court security problems and the need for additional jail space.

The county needs to sit down with the city of Preston and discuss the courthouse, as well as its space needs, and look at a range of reasonable options.

The county needs to develop short and long term objectives, as well as an overall master plan for its facilities.

The committee recommended that the county board create an ad hoc group made up of commissioners, facilities committee members and citizens of Preston to develop a plan of action.

In its report, the committee wrote:

It appears that the county needs to spend money to upgrade and maintain its facilities on a planned basis. To not do so only means having to do so when there is no alternative and that could happen all at one time. Keep in mind that fiscal responsibility does not mean not spending money, it means spending it responsibly.

The Facilities Evaluation and Planning Committee have served the people of Fillmore County with a job well done. They deserve our thanks and gratitude.

Glenn Kopperud, Chair; Deborah Staley, Vice Chair; Charles Dennstedt; Wayne Drier; Brigid Eickhoff; Stafford Hanson; Doug Johnson; Larry Mil-ler; Merton Root; and Jim Scheible.

John Torgrimson

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