November 26, 2014

Standish resident ‘more comfortable’ after feds visit

James Kuch
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STANDISH — Marlene Reimer was against the potential purchase of Standish Maximum Correctional Facility by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. After meeting with bureau officials, she said she feels more comfortable with the situation.

“I was worried because I was not sure what they would take,” Reimer said.

Reimer and her husband, Walter, live across from Standish Max on the north side of M-61. She said when it was announced that the bureau was considering buying the facility, she and her husband were concerned they may be moved, and were uncomfortable that federal prisoners could be moved to the area.

“I felt an increased sense of not being safe,” Reimer said. “We thought we were secure here, and we did not want to be moved.”

Being forced from the place they call home is a concern for the Reimer’s, who where forced to leave their home in Saginaw in 1970 when the Fashion Square Mall was built.

“We lived where the Burlington Coat Factory is now,” she said. “Once they put the highway in, we had no place for our horses, and Kochville Township had raised taxes so high that we had no choice but to move. It was such a beautiful home.”

Reimer said that the property where she and her husband live now was acquired in a trade.

“Boy, did I cry,” she said.

Now, Reimer said she is happy to call Standish her home.

“I love Standish,” she said. “We are secure here.”

When Standish Max was first constructed, Reimer said she was unsure about her safety then, but while representing Lincoln Township, she was able to attend meetings and learn about how the prison operated.

“I was comfortable because they kept us informed,” she said. “If there was a situation, the warden’s office would contact us, because I asked that they would.”

After attending a meeting with other local property owners, Reimer said she was assured that her property would not be needed across M-61.

She said that the meeting was open and everyone was able to voice their concerns.

Reimer added that she is now able to find comfort with the possibility of federal prisoners being moved into the facility.

“I am happy with the way things are,” she said. “Now I feel very relaxed.”

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