Save our peaceful hallowed ground

Save our peaceful hallowed ground

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Tammy Henk started this petition to Greene County, MO Sheriff Dept

This petition is to inform the Greene County Sheriff's Department that their decision to purchase land for their new jail next to White Chapel Cemetery on Hwy EE is not acceptable to landowners and voting citizens of Greene County Missouri.This purchase has moved forward without notification to residents of that area directly impacted, let alone the county. Not only is it directly next to the White Chapel funeral home and cemetery it is across from the Resurrection Cemetery. It is less than 1.5 miles from Willard South Elementary and around 3 miles from Willard Orchard Hills Elementary. As proposed, inmates will be transported through Springfield neighborhoods to reach the courthouse, neighborhoods whose residents are still unaware of this upcoming occurrence. 

It's regrettable that Greene County has had no strategic plan that it could share about building this jail while they currently own 20 acres in downtown Springfield that could have been reconfigured and used.  They have purchased 23 acres at a cost of $679,545 to bring a jail into a rural area. A cost that is over 4x the average price per acre in the county. A peaceful tranquil spot next to a cemetery which is supposed to be a place of solemn reflection and peaceful solitude where survivors can feel that their loved ones are safe, cared for and they can safely come to visit or grief. 

Willard Schools will also need to make a decision regarding the security of 2 of their elementary schools locationed in the immediate vicinity from the proposed county jail. A jail that currently holds over 900 inmates. None of the parents of these children were given the opportunity to voice their concerns about this jail location. Shamefully for the county they knew it wasn't a viable choice which is why they're trying to keep the plans secret. 

This jail will be one of the first sights newcomers see as they leave the airport on their way into Springfield. The location also has ready access to Interstate 44 and trains. For citizens consideration, the elected position of Sheriff of Greene County will be up for vote in 2020.

By signing this petition you are voicing your objection to the location of the new Greene County jail next to White Chapel Cemetery and within less than 3.5 miles of 2 Willard elementary schools.

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