Enhancing security and peak population numbers highlighted Wednesday’s meeting of the Corrections Commission of Northwest Ohio.
Board members were presented a new proposal in regards to installing additional fencing and concrete between the main facility and the separate two-story work release building. Under the proposal, the building which currently houses work release and community public works participants would also house minimum security offenders to offer more programming and better utilize the 143 available beds.
At the previous board meeting, members were advised the proposed project would cost almost $75,000 for additional fencing, concrete and driveway replacement.
Board members also learned that the Federal Communications Commission recently placed a cap on long distance telephone fees on inmate phone calls. The decision may amount to a reduction of 10 to 20 percent in revenues which help finance the jail’s capital improvement fund.
A new community service program will begin Sept. 5 in Williams County. Under the program, inmates will be directly supervised by a CCNO security officer to perform various service work.
Work sites will include Stryker, West Unity, Springfield Township and the Williams County fairgrounds.