Tour of jail confirms the need for new facility
On Nov. 7, we will have the opportunity to vote on a millage to build a new jail for Alpena. I took the opportunity to tour the facility and would encourage everyone to do the same. The staff has done a tremendous job keeping the jail clean and repaired the best they can with what they have to deal with daily. Overcrowding, safety issues and health concerns of the employees and inmates were a few concerns that left me feeling very unsettled. As I walked through the maze of narrow passageways, the only thought that filled my mind was why is this building still in use. For our safety, the safety of the staff an those who are lodged at the Alpena County Jail, I will be voting yes for the millage.