By Paul Schmitt
A resolution in support of a legislative bill that would possibly build a new state prison in Kewaunee County was passed at Tuesday’s Kewaunee County Board meeting. Although the action is not a formal commitment, it follows the resolutions passed by the Luxemburg Village Board and the Algoma City Council that identified parcels of land that could house the new prison. Kewaunee County Board President Bob Weidner says the county is considered a prime candidate by the state for the new prison due to two recent economic setbacks.
Weidner says Kewaunee County will be sending out a questionnaire poll to residents for feedback on the potential relocation of the Green Bay Correctional Institution. The current facility is 119 years old and Rep. David Steffen introduced a bill earlier this year to build a new prison in either Brown County or one of the neighboring counties.