Omar M. Campbell: Board is correct

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The recent series of three articles on the location of the new justice center seems to be beating a dead horse.

Routt County commissioners did indeed observe the guideline to put government buildings downtown in their first attempt to locate the facility. Because of the high cost and the nonconforming elevated parking garage, the voters turned down that proposal. The will of the people seems to make moot the guides in this instance.

With traffic at or near 100 percent of street capacity and all parking at a premium, a downtown location only would worsen those problems. The location next to the jail is ideal for moving prisoners safely, compared to the logistics and risk of hauling them back and forth to midtown.

The perceived loss of commercial activity is of little importance in the overall picture.

One has to sympathize with the county commissioners. They are under the duress of a court order to build a new center and face contempt if they fail. With their public pulling in different directions, they have little choice except to make a decision and to stand by it.

Many of us feel that it was the right decision and support them.

Omar M. Campbell

Steamboat Springs

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