The Williams County Commissioners and Sheriff Steve Towns have apparently decided not to pursue a partnership deal between the sheriff’s office, the state of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Transportation to monitor Correctional Center of Northwest Ohio prisoners doing trash pickup along county roads.
According to the Bryan Times, Towns had expressed interest in a partnership at a recent meeting, stating that such a deal is currently being used in 11 counties throughout Ohio as a way to make some extra money to offset expenses of maintaining the D.A.R.E officer.
Had it been approved, the contract would have paid the sheriff’s office $35,000 for a contract of approximately 1,150 hours. However, after going over the fine print, it was discovered that the offer may have actually ended up costing the county. However, the deal is far from dead. The paper reports that the sheriff said that if the sample contract passes county legal review, he would like to move forward with it, saying he feels it is worth a try.