County Asks For Public Input On New Jail

As Smith County continues plans for a new jail facility, the Commissioners' Court is hearing from those who would end up footing the bill -- the taxpayers.

A presentation and a question and answer session drew about a dozen people to the Whitehouse City Hall Monday night, in the second of four public forums. In them, county leaders are stressing the need for a new jail to relieve overcrowding, and urge residents to ask questions.

"The public has a right to know what's going on, and these public forums are where people can come up and express their opinions and that's the way it's supposed to be," said Smith County Sheriff J.B. Smith.

The next public forum is set for November 7th at 6:00 p.m. at the Smith Temple Church of God in Christ.

That's at 2400 Walton Road in West Tyler.

A meeting later in November in Bullard. Commissioners will have even more information about a new jail at that meeting. The jail site selection and finance committees are to make a report to the court on November 1.

Morgan Palmer, reporting.