County hires jail-study firm

Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Red Willow County commissioners hired a planning firm Tuesday to assess the county's jail needs.

Commission Chairman Earl McNutt told ACI /Boland Inc. representatives that Red Willow County pays Hitchcock, Frontier, Dawson and Decatur counties to house its prisoners. Red Willow County's jail was discontinued in 1983.

McNutt said Hitchcock will house male or females, and charges $65,700 a year. Frontier County's contract is for adult males only, for $98,544 a year. Decatur County is male or female, for $36,500 a year. Dawson County charges $45 a day per prisoner. Transportation of prisoners to and from these facilities is not included in the contract prices.

R. Stephen Pierce and Douglas Boyd of ACI/Boland, will conduct interviews with law enforcement, jail administration, the county attorney and judiciary officials; and study the county's history of arrests, bookings, length of confinement and inmate jail bed requirements.

ACI/Boland will charge $2,000, plus actual expenses up to $800. The firm has offices in St. Louis, St. Joseph and Grandview, Missouri, and Leawood, Kan.

Commissioner Steve Downer said it would be helpful to include City of McCook representatives in the jail discussion, to determine whether the two entities can cooperate on a joint facility.

In other action:

- McNutt asked that any Red Willow County resident interested in serving as an alternate to the board of directors of Resource Conservation and Development contact him as soon as possible. McNutt said the appointment requires simply an interest an community involvement. Commissioners would like to make an appointment before the RC&D's annual meeting, Nov. 14.

- Commissioners appro-ved the bond of Glen G. Proud, secretary/treasurer of the Bartley Rural Fire Department.

- Commissioners signed an amendment to the county employees' health insurance policy regarding maximum lifetime benefits, prescription/generic drug charges and office visit co-pay.

- Commissioners received reports from the county treasurer regarding checks received and deposited and changes to pledged securities; and filed the sheriff's monthly report.

- Commissioners discussed pending litigation with the county attorney in closed session.

Commissioners will not meet Oct. 29, the fifth Tuesday of the month.

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