- ADEQ received over 50 letters from local citizens opposed to the CJC
- The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is holding an online public meeting to discuss the matter
- At this point, ADEQ will not stop the project, although they do have recommendations
- Bill Williams has served a Notice of Claim on the Supervisors regarding a potential lawsuit
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ADEQ will hold an online public meeting regarding the Criminal Justice Center Monday night, October 26.
After receiving over 50 letters from citizens regarding the Criminal Justice Center (CJC) development at 1200 Prescott Lakes Parkway, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is holding a public meeting online tonight from 6-8 PM. (See Criminal Justice Center fact sheet here.)
ADEQ reviewed the letters, and offered some recommendations in a return letter, although it was clearly not an order to stop progress on the CJC.
Some of the recommendations include a methane gas sampling survey, a confirmation of the volatile organic compounds and semi-volatile organic compounds sampling tests, and proper capping of wells.
This letter writing campaign was evidently encouraged by the Facebook group, No New Jail, and Bill Williams, who currently has legal action against the County, including a request for for an injunction, and a potential lawsuit (or $100,000 as a settlement.)
One of the big complaints from those protesting the construction of the CJC, is that they were not told about the project. In speaking to County Administrator Phil Bourdon, he explained that the timeline for the CJC project goes back to 1991 (almost 30 years ago). He supplied a 19-page document, detailing all the steps and meetings regarding the CJC.
If you would like to listen and take part in the discussion, go here to register: https://azdeq.gov/events/public-meeting-yavapai-county-criminal-justice-center-discussion
If You Go:
What: Public meeting with ADEQ regarding Criminal Justice Center construction
Who: ADEQ, local citizens
When: Monday, October 26
Time: 6-8 PM