The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider sending a letter to local representatives urging them to advocate for additional funding to expand the jail after a grant application was denied.
"We weren't successful in our grant application, so we're asking for some more help," 1st District Supervisor Rex Bohn said.
If approved, the letter would be sent to Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro and state Sen. Noreen Evans requesting that they encourage the Board of State and Community Corrections to fund a proposal to build a multi-story, minimum security housing facility in Eureka in the lot between Fourth and Fifth streets.
In addition to 80 new beds, the proposed facility would expand existing program space -- for things like drug and alcohol services -- and be used to house the community corrections resource center.
The BSCC denied the proposal in December. If it had been approved by the state, the county would be eligible for as much as $19 million in financing under Senate Bill 1022.
According to a staff report, the county received zero points from the California Department of Finance for not setting aside and dedicating funding accounts clearly labeled by the county for the proposed project, and for not completing the entire environmental impact review process.
"We think they misconstrued our grant," Bohn said. "We think we were more than ready, and we feel we didn't get looked at on some of the components because it was graded."
He added Humboldt was eighth out of 15 small counties. Funding was awarded to the top six.
If you go:
What: Board of Supervisors meeting
When: 9 a.m. Tuesday
Where: Supervisors' chamber, first floor, Humboldt County Courthouse, 825 Fifth St., Eureka
The full agenda can be viewed online at http://co.humboldt.ca.us/board
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