Below you can read what I just emailed off to T.J. Sullivan, chair of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on the Police Facility established by Mayor Anna Peterson.
If you're not familiar with this issue, check out one of my Truth Bombs, "Salemians were excluded from police facility planning."
Which, pretty much, they still are.
I wrote to Sullivan, asking if public testimony would be taken at the beginning of next Thursday's task force meeting -- which looks like it either will be the last, or next to last, meeting of the group.
I was told that likely public testimony would be heard only at the end of the meeting, by which time, of course, any votes and decisions already would have happened. Sullivan offered to send the task force members any testimony I'd like to submit ahead of time, so I took him up on that offer.
T.J., thanks for offering to forward this message to the entire Salem police facility Blue Ribbon Task Force. I’m not sure whether I’ll be at the Broadway Commons Thursday meeting, so by sending you this email I can be confident that these thoughts will be considered by task force members before final decisions are reached.
The City of Salem decided to build a new police facility at the Civic Center without any public hearings or public discussion. City staff and the Mayor made this decision.