County to host virtual meeting on Justice System Improvements Oct. 13

Monday, October 11, 2021

Benton County’s Justice System Improvement Program is set to host its second large virtual community meeting of the year on Wednesday, October 13 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.  The meeting follows a virtual event held in early September to introduce the program and set the timeline for the public.

Beginning late July, the County began targeted public engagement for site concepts for future justice system facilities. Launching engagement efforts by hosting small group discussions with key justice system stakeholders, the County then moved to presentations with neighborhood associations, the local business community, and community-based organizations.

In September, the County broadened the public engagement opportunities to include all members of the public. At the September 8 virtual meeting, the County presented the refined concepts that staff presented to stakeholders earlier in the summer. From there, the County drew on the community feedback gained during the summer, along with the groundwork laid by the design consultant, DLR Group, to begin site selection discussions with the County’s Board of Commissioners.

Now, the County is returning to the public to summarize the previous four months of public engagement efforts and provide opportunity for comment. In the meeting, participants will learn more about the site selection process and criteria, which included refining an initial list of over 40 possible sites down to the locations and concepts currently proposed. Participants will also hear from each of the commissioners about their personal considerations ahead of final site selection deliberations.

Over the last year, Benton County renewed its Public Health and Safety Local Option Levy, critical to the operational maintenance of Benton County’s justice system. Benton County Justice System Improvement Program staff collaborated with both a Technical Advisory Committee and Community Advisory Committee, Operations Team, the City of Corvallis, and the Benton County Board of Commissioners throughout the Predesign process, under the guidance of engineering and design firm DLR Group, to arrive at the site-specific concepts currently under consideration for the November 2022 bond measure.

Community members can register for the October 13 virtual event at https://bit.ly/BentonCoGov-JSIP-Webinar2