(Gene O. Morris/Courtesy Photo)
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."