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There was applause and high praise from board members and staff during Wednesday’s meeting of the Corrections Commission of Northwest Ohio.
During her financial update for 2016, CCNO Fiscal Manager Tonya Justus reminded board members they were never asked for additional funds despite the withdrawal of Toledo from the CCNO operating agreement. She said even with the uncertainty CCNO experience through 2016, she estimated $250,000 in unused revenues to be available.
Ms. Justus noted that $610,000 in the reserve account was used for operating expenses with $160,000 still remaining. She said if the City of Toledo pays its outstanding bill of up to $1 million -- which still remains an option pending legal action -- the reserve account could be refunded and up to $500,000 could be refunded to members. “In my opinion, that’s very impressive considering all these things that have occurred,” she said.
She noted that during 2016 additional attorney fees were incurred; five officers were laid off but had the opportunity to return; staff agreed to supervise more offenders in the units; and nine positions were eliminated with those duties reassigned to existing staff. Also three new classes of corrections officers were hired during the year. A staff incentive was paid to reward those staff who stayed and worked through the changes made by Toledo’s non-payment and withdrawal.
“Overall, CCNO has done an excellent job of handling the unstable environment in 2016,” she said which received the applause of all CCNO board members present.
Members gave standing applause to outgoing Defiance County Sheriff Dave Westrick for his 29 years of service on the CCNO board. In appreciation, members extended the title of chair
emeritus. Also receiving recognition were outgoing county commissioners Otto Nicely from Defiance County with 17 years of service and Al Word from Williams County with six years of service.
Board members awarded a contract to Perry Protech out of Perrysburg with its bid of $66,105.56 to update the telephone system at CCNO as proposed under the capital improvement fund.
Members awarded a contract to ABL Management, Baton Rouge, La., with its low bid of .75 cents per meal for food and commissary services. The agency serves various jails in the area. Other bids submitted were .79 from Aramark (current provider since 1990); CBM .78; Trinity Services .83; and Canteen .84.
A contract was again awarded to Superior Uniforms, Toledo, to provide staff uniforms for 2017.
In his operational report, CCNO Executive Director Jim Dennis said the inmate population in October averaged 498 or 78 percent; 501 or 79 percent in November and stood at 506 or 79 percent on Wednesday. He said there were 38 inmates housed under the new regional diversion program. He also informed board members that more enhanced mental health services will be provided in 2017 encouraging inmates to take their medications while in jail and provide linkage to outside agencies upon their release.
Board members elected officers for 2017 with Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken to serve as CCNO board chairman; Henry County Commissioner Bob Hastedt to serve as vice chairman; and Fulton County Sheriff Roy Miller to serve as secretary.
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