Making Democracy Work

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow." - Mary Anne Radmacher

Houghton County Jail

The LWVCC is conducting these meetings to gather public input into two important issues facing the Houghton County electorate in the next year - the inadequate Houghton County jail and the aging and cramped County courthouse. The County Board of Commissioners is currently considering a millage proposal that would build an addition to the existing jail in the place where the parking deck behind the courthouse is now located. For more information on the jail/courthouse issues, please see the pro/con lists below. League of Women Voters of the Copper Country wants to expand the discussion and involve the citizens. A survey will also be available on the webpage within a few days.

The League will compile the feedback received and present it to the Houghton County Board of Commissioners in time for the County Board's action on designing a millage.

Dates of Public Input on Houghton County Jail

Monday, March 26 @ 7:00 PM at Laird Township Hall
Tuesday, April 3 @ 7:00 PM at Hancock Central High School
Thursday, April 5 @ 5:30 PM at Calumet High School

Daily Mining Gazette Editorial on Jail Millage's Lack of Public Input by Faith Morrison

Houghton Jail Fact Sheet

Houghton Jail Pro/Con Sheet

The plans for the Houghton Jail are in the preliminary stage.

UPEA comments from Karin Cooper and Rod Miller.

The solutions presented may not solve every issue, but we believe it is a good solution for the jail for many reasons:

    * conforms to jail construction standards
    * improves security for the public, corrections staff, and courthouse employees by providing interior connection to the courthouse
    * provides flexibility for classification and separation of inmates
    * more controlled and observable movement paths (safety)
    * cost-effective for construction, efficiency, and operations

Houghton Jail Preliminary Addition Floor 1

Houghton Jail Preliminary Addition Floor 2

State League Needs Your Opinion on Immigrant Worker Position

In a process called Concurrence, The League of Women Voters of MI is asking local leagues to examine materials compiled by the LWV Leelanau County in 2015. There is a significant problem in that area of the state in particular, regarding challenges faced by the agricultural sector to secure and sustain a viable and skilled migrant and seasonal workforce. They are asking that the LWVMI Agricultural/Seasonal Worker Position be revised.

You can give your response to the one consensus question

"A person should be allowed to apply for or secure and renew a driver's license or obtain an identification card regardless of immigration status."

Please reply: agree, disagree, no consensus or offer remarks to Barry Fink ( or call at 906-482-4632 by March 30. If you need a printed copy of the material, please call Mary at 906-483-2291.