Kewaunee County forms jail strategy committee

Building a consensus for how to move forward with the Kewaunee County Jail is the goal of a new committee being formed. Kewaunee County Board Chairperson Dan Olson will nominate himself,  John Mastalir, Gary Paape, and Doak Baker to the Jail Strategy Committee a month after the supervisors failed to approve plans to move forward to Phase 3 of the project. The third phase called for the county to contract with Venture Architects to begin designing the estimated $21 million facility which would include a new jail, 911 dispatch center, and shared lobby to the tune of $179,000 from the general fund. The committee will consist of an even number of supervisors who voted for and against moving forward to Phase 3. Olson knows something needs to be done with the jail, but a consensus has to be found.

The board will vote on the new committee members during Tuesday’s Kewaunee County Board meeting at 6 p.m. It will also hear the first reading of an ordinance regarding the extension of the county’s 0.5 percent sales tax.


Picture taken of Kewaunee County 911 Dispatch Center taken prior to COVID-19 pandemic


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