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Operations will continue at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio after board members accepted partial payment from the City of Toledo to help meet budget costs. But officials still have questions to include when final payment will be made and whether funds will be paid to continue operations in 2016.
Officials again met Friday, Oct. 2, at the Henry County Emergency Operations Center in Napoleon to determine action if the City of Toledo failed to make payment for jail beds at CCNO.
Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson announced that the city would pay $1.09 million which would help keep CCNO open until mid December. She said it was the city’s intention to work diligently towards paying the remaining $299,920 before December if not quicker.
When the mayor was asked if Toledo will meet its obligation to pay for the 228 beds its been allocated in 2016, she said she was not prepared to answer that question as Toledo Council has not adopted a 2016 budget. She added that the city continues its objection to the Fifth Amendment to the CCNO operational agreement, requiring the city to pay for beds at the 25-year-old facility, but has agreed to make partial payment to not jeopardize the continual operations at CCNO.
Board members approved a resolution accepting the $1.09 million partial payment from the City of Toledo with the remainder to be paid on or before Dec. 13. The resolution noted that CCNO was not waiving its right to enforce the current binding operations agreement. The mayor of Toledo and Toledo police chief abstained.
Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken said officials would know if payments would be made to CCNO in 2016 when the city presents a draft budget by Nov. 15. He added that negotiations continue between Lucas County and the City of Toledo in regards to who pays for incarceration costs at CCNO.
Fulton County Sheriff Roy Miller said board members continue to be told that the two sides are meeting but questioned just what was being negotiated as this has board members scared and not knowing what to do.
Gerken said the whole thing started 365 days ago when a former mayor decided to charge offenders under the state revised codes, instead of Toledo municipal codes.
But Henry County
Commissioner Robert Hastedt said things changed when Lucas County said it
would be building a new jail “and it’s gone down hill since then.” He said
CCNO staff has been working hard to continue jail operations and the rest of
the counties “are being dumped on” because Toledo and Lucas County can’t get
Mayor Hicks-Hudson said she has a responsibility to the citizens to be fiscally responsible. Gerken said Lucas County does plan to build a new jail but does not know when, how big and if it will fully withdraw from CCNO.
Williams County Commissioner Al Word said families of CCNO staff are depending on board members to keep operations going. He said the courts may need to make the final decision over who pays for what beds but, in the meantime, it is more important to keep CCNO running and serving the communities.
CCNO attorney Marc Fishel said the four counties of Defiance, Fulton, Henry and Williams may have little control over what is happening between Toledo and Lucas County. But he said there is hope that by Nov. 15 the issues could be resolved after elections have been held and budgets have been drafted. He said after Nov. 15 the CCNO board could take legal actions to force answers on the issues and help provide direction.
The CCNO finance committee is scheduled to meet to discuss the 2016 budget on Oct. 21 and a full CCNO board meeting is scheduled for Oct. 28.
Page last updated November 09, 2017