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Opponents mailing out jail preference poll

Friday, May 4, 2012

Preparing an opinion poll mailing, clockwise from lower left, are Nancy Buresh, Joanne Dueland, Warren Everts, Tom Buresh, Kristen Harms, Mary Dueland and Janet Rich.
(Gene O. Morris/Courtesy Photo)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A preference poll has been mailed to every address in Red Willow County to ask citizens whether or not they favor the construction of a jail building in the 500 block of Norris Avenue in McCook.

The mailing, sponsored and paid for by Citizens Concerned about Jail Costs (CCAJC), will go to 5,710 addresses in Red Willow County.

According to the postmasters in Bartley, Danbury, Indianola, Lebanon and McCook, the mailing will go to every Postal Patron in the county, said Dale Dueland and Gene O. Morris, co-chairmen of Citizens Concerned About Jail Costs in a prepared release.

Dueland and Morris said they wish to make it clear that the preference poll is a non-binding expression of citizens' viewpoints.

"The Commissioners of Red Willow County have chosen not to allow the voters of Red Willow County to vote on whether or not a jail should be built. Instead, the three commissioners have decided on their own, by a 3-0 vote, that a jail should be constructed."

Despite the commissioners' decision, Dueland and Morris said the question remains: "What is the opinion of the majority of citizens of Red Willow County: Should a jail be built at an estimated cost of $5.1 million, or should a jail not be built at that cost?"

Two water-marked preference sheets will be mailed to every address in the county. "We want to make sure that only mailed sheets will be counted, so the watermarks are being used to guard against the sheets being copied," said Terry Pettit, the Certified Public Accountant who has been selected to receive, count and verify the preference poll

responses. Those participating in the poll are asked to use only those

sheets with watermarks.

"This is not a scientific sampling," Dueland and Morris said.

"However, because citizens have been denied the right to vote on the

jail issue, the poll is being conducted in an attempt to determine the

will of the people."

Citizens who choose to participate in the poll are asked to return

their marked preference sheets to the Terry Pettit Certified Public

Accounting firm. The marked preference sheets may be mailed to: Terry

Pettit, CPA, P.O. Box 332, McCook, NE 69001, or the marked preference

sheets may be brought to the offices of Terry Pettit, CPA, at 422

Norris Avenue in McCook between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon and 1

p.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

The deadline for the return of the preference sheets is 5 p.m.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012.

Results will be announced at noon Friday, May 11, on the front steps

of the Red Willow County Courthouse.

"The commissioners are not obligated to pay attention to the poll

results," Dueland and Morris said. "But, whatever the poll results

turn out to be, we want the commissioners to know the opinions of the

concerned citizens of Red Willow County."

Dueland and Morris concluded: "The voices of the people deserve to be

heard. We encourage all citizens of the county to express their

viewpoints on the jail issue."

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This straw poll is a gauge of the opinon of red willow county. Do we want to be forced to pay to build a jail, or do we want to vote.

Step up people, do you all think this is right?

2 men and 1 women have decided to raise your taxes unless you vote no. They threaten you with reduced services, poor maintenance etc etc.

vote no, make them work within a budget, just like we have to.

-- Posted by boojum666 on Sat, May 5, 2012, at 6:43 PM

Wow! How many trees were killed to mail out four sheets of paper per "every" address in Red Willow County? Were these all mailed out, because I know a few addresses that didn't get 1.

-- Posted by Melissa Critchfield on Sun, May 6, 2012, at 7:50 PM

How big a check does Gene Morris and gang want to write the county to buy the all jail house location property already purchased /study costs for this location and all other expense for the jail now to be relocated or are local taxpayers going to have to eat that cost just to make the Geno's gang happy and build the jail somewhere else at this late point in time or is that just stick it to the taxpayer time again Gene...???

How about a new opinion poll vote that would include a Put up all cost of relocating jail or shut up poll??

-- Posted by Cornwhisperer on Tue, May 8, 2012, at 2:33 PM

Like! Like! Like Jlake's post! Seriously they send 4 pieces of paper to "every address in Red Willow County". Actually, they sent their poll to every address that said McCook, Bartley, Indianola,or Danbury. But people who had Cambridge addresses that lived in Red Willow County didn't get an opinion poll. And some people who had Indianola addresses that live in Frontier County got the poll. Wouldn't it have been more accurate to poll the registered voters of Red Willow County? After all that is what it is going to come down to, the registered voters.

-- Posted by Melissa Critchfield on Tue, May 8, 2012, at 11:15 PM

Melissa Critchfield,

Less than one tree was likely killed. The Population of Red Willow Co. is 11,252 people,(well it was in 2003 anywho), and according to some dull papermakers website you get about 103,200 sheets of paper from a 75 ft tall 1 foot diameter tree. So, those concerned about tree slaughtering can somewhat salve their minds. It was at worst a tree murder rather than a wholescale decimation.

-- Posted by Sir Didymus on Wed, May 9, 2012, at 7:19 AM

Sir.... I hope that you just pulled those numbers out of a hat, for your sake. I'm sure it was a hypothetical. If you really spent time researching a hypothetical.......... well that's just......... pathetic, hypo or no hypo.

-- Posted by Nick Mercy on Wed, May 9, 2012, at 5:46 PM

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