Chillicothe Approves Contract for Housing of Prisoners

| January 29, 2013
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The city of Chillicothe formalized an agreement with the Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail for the housing of prisoners during Monday night’s council meeting.  Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to City Administrator Ike Holland:

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According to  Holland, the agreement will be very similar to Livingston County’s arrangements with the facility and requires the city to pay $30 per day per inmate.  “When they come over here initially, it’s going to be a $25 one-time charge,”said Holland,” The daily rate will be renewed on an annual basis.  It will be similar in cost to what we were paying the county, so we won’t see an increase in budget necessarily for the city.”

Chief of Police Rick Knouse told the council his department has been using the facility since the closure of the Livingston County jail and is pleased with their services. Daviess-DeKalb provides all transportation for the inmates including those times when they are required to appear in court.

The contract is a one year agreement with a 30 day notice required prior to vacating.

In other business, council approved an ordinance regarding an aviation consultant agreement.  Airport manager Bill Kieffer said the project includes resealing and striping of a taxiway.  The approved contract was awarded to the Lochner Company.  The project is expected to get underway this spring at an approximate cost of $20,000 to the city.

Once in executive session, council approved an agreement for 911 dispatch services.  The change was initiated after the closure of the Livingston County Jail.  “We have a dispatch service for the police department and so did the sheriff’s office,”said Holland,”With this transition, it’s better for them financially and it’s also better for the community to just have one dispatch service for the city and the sheriff at the same time.  It reduces any type of communication error that could occur.”

The agreement has now been sent to county officials for approval.  A date for the transition will be dependent upon the phone service and IT change over.

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