Citizens committee needs more time to study plans

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By Reed Anfinson
Swift County Monitor-News

More discussion among the members of the Citizens Perspective Committee is needed before it will reach a consensus on what it will be bringing to the public.

Commissioner Eric Rudningen, District 5-Kerkhoven, attended the meeting and reported on the committees’ progress at the board’s meeting Sept. 3.

The Citizens Perspective Committee was created in May by the county board when it came under persistent criticism for its pursuit of a new justice center.

The proposed two-story 38,000 square foot building on the west side of the courthouse would house a new Swift County Sheriff’s Office, an expanded jail, human services, 6W Community Corrections, the county attorney’s office and Restorative Practices. Its cost was projected at $17.5 million.

With a 3-2 vote Feb. 5 commissioners approved a $162,000 study of a justice center schematic design along with more detailed expenses for the facility. However, that study is now on hold as the committee does its work...


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