There have been a number of recent special committee meetings involving jail consolidation planning and funding. I only briefly touched on the subject in the September Roundup last week. For folks wanting more information on the decisions coming up in the next couple months, here is some additional information and helpful links:
The latest "jail committee" meetings. These are special meetings of the County Board's Facilities Committee and delve more into the planning and facility needs:
- 10/6/2021 Jail Committee Video on the County's YouTube channel This meeting got into more details about potential funding scenarios with bonds up to $20 million (scenario overviews start on page 10 of the PDF file here). Brief overview from the Action Report here.
- 9/8/2021 Jail Committee Video. Action Report brief here.
- 9/30/2021 special Finance Committee of the Whole meeting video. The agenda packet included a list of proposed ARPA funded projects starting on page 3 (page 4 of the PDF file here). During the meeting there was discussion on what direction to give staff on the budget (though no actual votes were taken to appropriate any money at this time). Many Republican County board members advocated for using ARPA funds to ensure the jail consolidation needs were finally addressed. Democrats generally agreed with the need for jail consolidation, but disagreed on whether or how much ARPA funding should go towards paying for it.
January's Facilities Committee, which usually deals with more mundane planning and projects for the vast properties the County government owns and operates, was a good start. With a new County Board the Champaign County Sheriff had an overview of the Main and Satellite jail buildings, safety issues, and pandemic updates. The agenda packet with safety inspections on both facilities is available here. The full meeting video is available here.