Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Questions we want Answered

1.       Feasibility study for the proposed jail.

2.       Copies of the Recovery Act Grant for $20 M

3.       Stipulations on the Grant ie: Conditions, extensions, timing of monetary allotments, etc.

4.       How did the Nisqually Indian Tribe come up with the numbers for inmate population? Their numbers exceed what our local Sheriff believes is available in our jurisdiction. What other inmates will the Nisqually Indian Tribe be contracting with to increase population?

5.       Feasibility study for the USDA low interest loan. What collateral did the Nisqually Indian Tribe use for the USDA loan when the  land could not be used since it is “trust” land.

6.       Studies that show “no other appropriate” site was available for this project. We would like to see the studies that were performed to support his finding. In a FOIA request, Fort Lewis provided documentation that show 4 other possible alternatives on where else to construct this proposed jail. How can the Nisqually Indian Tribe turn these suggested alternatives down solely because they are lease beneficial for “their” community? This should not be a reason to turn down an alternative site?

7.       The public notification process was flawed. There were “no public comments” on the EA for this project. How can this be when the project is of great magnitude and will severely affect and impact our community? The Nisqually Indian Tribe states they contacted 16 neighbors adjacent to the proposed jail.  Four families cited on this list out of the sixteen adamantly stated that they were NEVER notified.

8.       What is the Nisqually Indian Tribe responsible for to address and assist the impacts that our County will have caused by this proposed jail?

9.       Please provide documentation on how we can appeal the land exchange of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land to the Nisqually Indian Tribe in exchange for the 179 Acres parcel.

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