According to the Tribune-Review, in response to a citizen's question about the need for 58 acres rather than
the three-acres on which the new facility would be located, Commission Chairman Al Ambrosini responded as follows:
Terry Kriss, co-owner of the historic Meason House, less than 800 feet away from the proposed jail site, said he
had polled the majority of the Mt. Braddock residential and business community. “Everyone signed that petition,”
“It should never be permitted
in an industrial park, taking up 58 acres of prime, tax-generating property intended for private investment and business growth,”
Inflection and tone of voice can make all the difference in the true meaning of Mr. Kriss's words,
surely spoken in jest, as the property owner and his wife reportedly said at a commissioner's meeting they would never have
remained silent when Fay-Penn sought a zoning change from agricultural to light industrial for the property but 8oo feet from
an edge of their historic property, had they known the commissioners were eyeing it for a new prison complex.
Why did Fay-Penn seek the zoning change for its newly acquired property a few
years back if not to develop blighted property into property with sufficient infrastructure to sell off to private business
and industry outfits? That was the promise years back when Fay-Penn was formed as a non-profit, charity, by the way, for
economic development projects to attract new employers into the county riddled with undeveloped and low taxation acreage sitting
idle in what could become burgeoning business and industrial parks.
It is unbelievable that Fay-Penn Economic Development Council would seek to sell 58 acres rather than 3 acres to
the county since a subdivision of the 58 acres would still remain for future development purposes.
Oh, what's that, the organization that is non-profit cannot find a buyer for
more acreage after visits by the Department of Environmental Protection has been reportedly ongoing for several years due
to potentially unmanageable and continued problems of alleged sinkholes and the like in other sections of the property sold
off to private businesses? Some of whom have moved out of the industrial park as well allegedly due to flooding issues
on property they, too, purchased from Fay-Penn at top-dollar prices?