Committees plan to ask for more time

CNJ staff

The expected recommendation coming from Curry County’s jail and courthouse citizens’ committees is to give them more time.

Tuesday marks the deadline the committees were given to present recommendations to the commission with those recommendations expected during a 9 a.m. commission meeting in the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Library.

According to the committees’ written recommendations included in commissioner’s packets, both groups want more time, though the jail committee goes further in asking their committee be restructured.

With only three members remaining on the committee, two of the group’s members recommend the commission form a new committee of seven members who are “independent of the commission and who bring no personal agendas to the study.”

They also ask for six months to study detention issues and that they be allowed to chair their own meetings and keep their own minutes, the memo states.

The only member who didn’t sign was Sistar Yancey, who stated her refusal to sign in an attached email, because she believes the existing committee can be built upon but current members should be able to stay if they wish.

A similar memo from the citizens’ courthouse committee states they want an extension of the deadline because they met for the first time in January and only received financial information two weeks ago.

They also recommended commissioners delay taking any action to address security measures at the courthouse until a committee recommendation can be given, the memo said.

A third recommendation — which does not give the names of any individuals who contributed — is also included in commissioners’ meeting packets identified as the “Independent Citizens’ Committee Report.”

While asking for an extension of time to further study issues, the three-page report puts forth the recommendation that the county could address issues with $16 million in funds — $1.5 million from county cash reserves, $6 million by refinancing an existing bond and a new bond or gross receipts tax for $10 million.

The report suggests courthouse and jail issues can be resolved by: Putting an addition on the north side of the courthouse with secure courtrooms, holding cells and a secure walkway to the jail, relocating all county offices to the Gidding Street postal building and leaving only the sheriff, courts and district attorney’s office in the courthouse.

The district attorney’s office currently occupies the top floor of the Gidding Street facility.

To read the recommendations, click here.