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New Jail for Napa County? The Process Begins

Napa County releases the first documents in preparation for an environmental impact report on potential locations for a new jail, including Soscol Avenue between Napa State Hospital and the Syar quarry.

Updated Jan. 29:

It looked at first like encouraging news for those in favor of moving the Napa County jail, but jail opponents may not be pleased with the county's latest plans for its correctional facility.

The county is beginning the process of finding a location for a new jail, according to an announcement released Monday.

However, cautions county spokeswoman Elizabeth Emmett in a comment posted below,

If a new jail is sited out of downtown Napa, the current thinking is that the current jail downtown would not be demolished. One section would be used as temporary (day use) space for inmates who are being transported to court appearances. Another section would be used for County offices and meeting rooms. 

According to the county announcement released Monday:

Napa County is beginning the process of evaluating the environmental impacts of a possible new jail facility.

On Tuesday, Jan. 29, the Planning, Building and Environmental Services (PBES) Department will release a Notice of Preparation for an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and an Initial Study Environmental Checklist, which outlines what impacts will be evaluated in the report.

According to PBES Director Hillary Gitelman, the EIR will evaluate the impacts of a new jail at a site south of Napa State Hospital along Soscol Avenue, adjacent to the Syar Napa Quarry, as well as a number of alternative locations. 

The EIR will study the possible acquisition of 15 to 20 acres on one or two privately owned parcels at the proposed location, both of which are designated as “study area” in the County’s General Plan.

The Jan. 29 NOP release initiates a 30-day comment period, where agencies and the public are requested to provide input on the topics and alternatives that will be addressed in the Draft EIR. 

Additionally, as part of the EIR process, Napa County will hold a public scoping session on Wednesday, Feb.  20, 2013, at 6 p.m. at the Napa County Library Community Room, 580 Coombs Street in Napa.

The NOP and Initial Study are available at www.countyofnapa.org/pbes/jailEIR or in hard copy at the County Administration Building, 1195 Third Street, Suite 103 (Temporary Permit Center).

Those with comments or questions about the NOP and Initial Study or public comment period can contact Planner Kelli Cahill at (707) 265-2325 or at kelli.cahill@countyofnapa.org. Those seeking information about the project location or Corrections can contact Analyst Liz Habkirk at (707) 253-4826 or at liz.habkirk@countyofnapa.org.

Source: Napa County

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Unfiltered Steve Simoneau January 29, 2013 at 05:48 PM
My first guess for who would burn a jacket in the bushes next to a church would be someone upset with the church for being turned away for help. My second guess would be someone in the neighborhood who is tired of watching the church help the homeless people and watches the homeless activity "on a day-to-day basis". Those would be my guesses.
Louisa Hufstader January 29, 2013 at 06:27 PM
I have updated the lead sentence of the article to reflect the fact that the existing jail is not slated for removal - thank you again, Elizabeth. You do a great job and I'll miss working with you.
m. alley January 29, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Steve, I like you. Makes sense to me.
tamie January 29, 2013 at 08:26 PM
I agree with Steve as far as the tourists go. One of my first adventures in SF as a young adult I was exposed to a man urinating in front of me. I was a bit shocked but isn't it typical for every town and city in our USA and around the world to have things/areas of this sort?
Allison January 30, 2013 at 11:52 AM
Have you every fallen on hard times? Yes downtown does have many different intrests. It also has three very much needed places for the homeless,low-income,elderly and anyone who needs a hot meal.Some can not cook for them selfs, some my be on a tight budget,single parents with children,addictions problems,who need these services so badly,also so people like yourself, maybe you might remember that we all should try to be more compasionate one day you or your family may depend on these very needed services! Thank you to the church and salvation army hope center. Its always well organized helpful and home cooked meals,by different bussinesses,churchs,clubs,groups of people who have different ideas or values everyone needs food,services,and maybe a second chance,maybe just maybe that person will give back when they are doing better and that might be the one and only person to help you when no one will or can't!!! Yes there are some problems that need some attention,but just remember things can change in a second, whether you do it to yourself or it is out of your total control!! thank you to everyone who does work and give back it really makes a difference,It did for me! From someone who came from a very good loving,honest,strong family alwalys put my family first to someone that made somevery poor choices and was in situations that were truly out of my control!!!I I am a strong,loving ,positive mother, daugher and sister,Keep it real napa !The tides can change anytime!! ALY

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