Large crowd debates prison

The debate over a potential prison continues to draw a crowd in Lumby.

About 200 people attended a meeting hosted by the Lumby Concerned Citizens, which opposes a correctional facility, Wednesday.

“People are really hungry for information,” said Paul Fisher, group spokesperson.

“The meeting started at 7 p.m. and we didn’t call an end to it until 9:30 p.m. People wanted to hear what others had to say.”

Among those present were some members of village council.

“They showed how organized and passionate they are,” said Coun. Tracy Williamson.

“I applaud anyone who stands up for what they believe in.”

There was some criticism about how the municipality has proceeded with the prison issue.

“The process hasn’t been perfect. I heard about the sales pitch council gave and I’m sorry for that. We made a mistake,” she said.

Mayor Kevin Acton believes Wednesday’s meeting was worthwhile.

“There was information presented that I didn’t have,” he said.

“There’s lots of passion and lots of work put into it by the group involved.”

With a referendum scheduled for April 30, Lumby Concerned Citizens is planning to keep its opposition to a jail at the forefront.

“We will keep doing research and educating people,” said Fisher.

About $1,900 was donated towards the campaign Wednesday.

“People put their money where their mouth is,” said Fisher.


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