Jail Closing is because of irresponsi...

Jail Closing is because of irresponsible County Commissioners

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#1 Aug 8, 2009
Anyone notice how the commissioner and the sheriff blamed all this on the "previous sheriff"? The true people to blame are your county commissioners Goodman, Barnes and Ruscha and sheriff Delay. The jail falling to pieces is not something that happens overnight. Sure, it looks good to have a million dollars in the general revenue fund, but at what expense is that by ignoring general maintenance. Your current commissioners are doing nothing but sticking their heads in the sand and hoping the problems go away. There is no excuse when they have been in office for over 15 years. and this is how they handle things, Goodman's blaming DeLay's predecessor by stating that he had asked the previous sheriff "for the past two years for cost estimates on repairs to the jail, but got no response" is a blamant admission of the commissioner's knowledge that there were serious problems. Must be nice to sit on your butt and collect a paycheck for doing nothing but hoarding away money instead of using it for keeping our county buildings and jail safe and repaired. Bottom line is the county commissioners are in charge of all the county budgets including special road districts and they could withhold funds if the money isn't being spent properly but they choose to be wiennes and not take charge. The commissioners and sheriff just want a new jail like the Aurora city council wants a big fancy aquatic center and to get their way they are withholding inexpensive and needed repairs until they are huge expensive repairs to force taxpayers to pass another tax to get some big fancy building/aquatic center! In the Springfield News Leader someone said "You can have all the money in the bank and not spend a dime but you get what you pay for and duck tape don't last forever!" How true!
Sinbad1

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#2 Aug 8, 2009
Well for the commissioners to "withhold money" that would be way to controversial and require them to take a stand and make a decision something they are known for NOT DOING. My neighbor had a road issue and spent over an hour with all 3 commissioners and they nodded their heads and that was it, a total waste of her time. I bet they went the cheapest way possible on the new courthouse and in a year, if that long, we will be hearing how things have to be replaced and I guarantee you it will be the fault of the contractor, the architect and anyone else but the commissioners who had the final say in everything. I say we all mail them a roll of duct tape so maybe we won't have to pay higher taxes for their ignorance.

Since: Aug 09

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#3 Aug 11, 2009
We can spend thousands of tax payers dollars on the canon in front of the courthouse but we can't do preventive maintenance? Maybe the commisisoners can recommend a good "handy man" a/k/a the commissioners relative who refurbished the canon in front of the courthouse, lets keep it in the family! If the sheriff is waiting for the commissioners to make a decision good luck with that one! What a joke! As for the architect comment, whats that supposed to mean, we need to blame those responsible and quit trying to shift the focus. Ruscha and Barnes have spent years and years and years in office and they haven't fixed anything, in fact they would rather sit on the money and let the building fall down around them rather than spend a penny - actions speak louder than words or i.e., campaign promises. I would think with all that money sitting in the bank that should have been spent on maintenance and upkeep could almost pay for a new jail. What do they care, they are at retirement age, in fact, Ruscha decided just a few years ago that he was done with public service and retired with a big retirement party and all the bells and whistles and now look, he's back, just in time to take the blame for all his years in office of doing nothing - out of the frying pan and into the fire. Can we really afford commissioners like this -- they are a dime a dozen?

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