|Commissioners’ Journal April 22, 2013|
|Wednesday, May 01, 2013 6:39 PM|
Commissioners’ Journal April 22, 2013
This 22nd day of April, 2013, the Board of County Commissioners met in regular session with the following members present: Fred Pieper, Tony Zartman, Roy Klopfenstein and Cindy Peters, Clerk.
MEETING NOTES OF APPOINTMENTS
Jim Langham, Paulding Progress and Jason Landers, Paulding County Sheriff, discussed background on jail levies and options from last week’s meeting. Sheriff Landers commented that it may look like it’s cheaper on paper to out-house prisoners. When the decision was made to close the jail, we saw a decline in inmate population. On average we went from 10 inmates a day, increasing to 20 in 2012. The daily average now is in the mid-20s. When you have an increase in numbers, the cost goes up to out-house. Last year we had a budget of $280,000; spending $260,000 for out-housing inmates to Putnam County. This year, our budget is $320,000, although the projection through the end of the year looks to be over by $17,500.
Our transport officers are a big expense, not only their time involved transporting prisoners from Paulding to Putnam County, but the additional expense of fuel and maintenance on the cruisers.
In addition, if an inmate needs medical attention, we would incur those same expenses and a deputy would have to sit with them at a hospital, possibly shift to shift to shift, depending on their medical necessity. A positive to bringing our prisoners back to our own jail would allow the Sheriff local control with the ability to have interaction on a daily basis and develop relationships with inmates.
The economic impact is unknown at this time. The Sheriff’s office would need to hire additional staff, thus creating new jobs within Paulding County. Visiting family members would then also be buying gas and groceries, keep tax dollars within our county. Mr. Zartman commented that the total impact would be a safer community for our citizens to live in.
The initial cost to get the jail started up is unknown at this time. Salaries would be the biggest expense for newly hired correction officers, training, duty gear and equipment for the new staff, workers’ compensation, insurance, PERS, kitchen start up costs, including kitchen staff and general maintenance of the jail due to those areas not being used to house prisoners.