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What happened to presentation about a $21 million county jail?

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To The Daily Sun,

Having served as a member of the Belknap County Delegation from 2008-2012, I had the opportunity to attend the jail presentation with six other members during my terms.

At that presentation, we saw a PowerPoint presentation and were given an information packet that indicated the new jail could cost anywhere from $21 million dollars to $43 million dollars. It was up to the jail committee, the commissioners, and the delegation to develop the needs. The current committee is continuing our work to, hopefully, make the right choices.

During that presentation, I commented that I would not favor an elaborate MGM Grand Hotel concept, but preferred a simple, basic, functional Motel 6 concept. My intent was to move the project into something the county's taxpayers could afford.

Three of the attendees are still on the delegation. It surprises me that they have not brought this presentation to the delegation's attention. I have mentioned this to individual members, but none have seen the packet or been informed about the presentation.

In closing, we are not "bad people", we are just looking to get the most for your, the taxpayer's, money and to provide a safe environment for both the staff and the inmates.

Elaine Swinford
Center Barnstead