Council seesaws on jail complex

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By Katy Korkos

“I hope this puts to rest the allegation that this council has always had too many unanimous votes,” Councilor Ken Milder said at the conclusion of the council’s lengthy discussion on the functions and requirements for a new Judicial-Police/Jail Complex.More than three hours of discussion and four seesaw votes culminated in the council approving a motion brought forward by Councilor Jim Hall, which said, ”I move that council accept the requirements and functions as presented for the courts and the jail, and that council revisit the requirements for the Police Department on Dec. 18, to be followed by the options as soon as possible.”The motion carried in a 4- to-3 vote, with councilors Gibson, Berting and Bowman voting against the proposal.The council had originally approved the 30-percent design of the complex, valued at $20 million, at its Aug. 21 meeting, but stepped back from that decision on Oct.

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