Due to a post on a community Facebook page today regarding the proposed State Prison relocation and a potential site on the border of Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain, I have started receiving emails from residents of both Eagle Mountain and Saratoga Springs encouraging me to oppose any prison relocation plans in our area.
I would like to thank you for your activism and for letting your voice be heard on an issue that I know is important to us all. I want to assure you that relocating the prison to our area is something I have already voiced my opposition to, and plan to continue to oppose. I was hopeful that sites in our area were no longer a viable possibility for the prison relocation committee, however, information I have received recently indicates the site in our area is still a contender.
The site being considered is privately owned land in the County area on the north side of Cory Wride Memorial Highway (SR-73), east of Mt. Airey Dr. in Eagle Mountain and west of 800 West in Saratoga Springs. In addition to common concerns of aesthetics and proximity to neighborhoods, there are many issues with this location which seem to conflict with the recommendations of the PRADA Report which can be viewed here: http://le.utah.gov/asp/interim/prc.asp
I will continue to fight any effort to approve the prison relocation to this site. I have been in active conversations with Mayor Jim Miller of Saratoga Springs, Council Members from both of our cities, as well as State Representative David Lifferth. As additional details of this process become known, I will be certain to post an update here on my blog.