BANGOR – As the Penobscot County Commissioners debate what to do with the over crowding at the county jail. The county is considering expanding the jail into the former Bangor YMCA.building.
It’s a suggestion that has been met with some opposition.
The Penobscot County Commissioners ended their weekly meeting today. They’re deciding whether to purchase the former YMCA building on Hammond Street and asked for public feedback.
The room was overflowing with people from both parties interested in the building. And both parties have the same end results in mind.
One church member stated “We are all fighting the same mission here, we want to see hope in the city.”
Dozens of people approached the podium one by one to let their voices be heard.
The common thread, how best to make sure inmates have resources they need to get their lives together, once they’re released from jail.
Penobscot County Sheriff Troy Morton stated “If we can have an impact and reduce the amount of people in our building, making sure we are releasing those that are not risk or low risk.”
Which is the same way some members of the City Reach Church feel.
City Reach Church occupies 8,000 to 10,000 square feet in the old Y and have daily events. They’d like to stay in the building and are wondering what their future holds if the building is sold to the county.
Pastor Robert Bledsoe explained “We will have to have another. We are just not going to close our doors you know.”
Sheriff Morton added “My plea to the commissioners was for an expansion. It’s the commissioners decisions as to where we go from here.”
The commissioners will be taking all of today’s testimony into consideration before coming to a final vote.