Eric Hackman of Tower Pinkster updated Barry County Commissioners last week on the feedback that was gathered from the public at recent community forums concerning the Commission on Aging facility and Barry County Jail. Twelve different jail options have been looked at, plus several options for the COA have been discussed. Commissioners have reached the consensus that the jail needs to be replaced as soon as possible, but that the COA needs further study.
As their next step, Commissioners have scheduled an upcoming Community Dialogue Event on Thursday, March 19th at 7:00pm at Grace Community Church on M-79 Highway in Nashville. The meeting will again be facilitated by Tower Pinkster to discuss the COA and to present a plan for a new jail and Sheriff’s office, the scope and cost of which will potentially appear as a millage request in August. Commissioners have until April 17th to decide on ballot language in order to move forward on a millage initiative at the August election. The size and location for a new jail is still under consideration.
An Ad Hoc Committee made up of Commissioners Conner, Jackson and Gibson has been appointed by Chair Heather Wing to study the Commission on Aging and report their findings to the commissioners.
At their February 20th meeting the COA Board of Directors approved a motion requesting that County Commissioners find a way to fund a new COA building without putting a millage vote on the ballot.