Lucas County is asking the board to reconsider how it is billed in light of recent changes between the City of Toledo and Lucas County following Wednesday’s meeting of the Corrections Commission of Northwest Ohio.
Commissioner Pete Gerken questioned the October billing. He said the bill reflects the shift from Toledo to Lucas County and questions the authority of such changes being made by the executive director. He argued that the billing change was not approved by the board and noted the operating agreement was silent on billing.
CCNO Executive Director Jim Dennis said he received a letter from the City of Toledo advising they were charging offenders under state law. Mr. Dennis said he discussed the matter with the CCNO financial overview committee and the board but there was no resolution made. He said state laws were reviewed, a legal opinion sought and changes were made to the billing system.
But Commissioner Gerken said the change was made without the consent of Lucas County.
CCNO Board Chairman Dave Westrick said the matter will be discussed by the CCNO financial overview committee. A resolution was passed to have the CCNO financial overview committee review CCNO billing to members. Sheriff Westrick said new territory is being entered in the 25 years CCNO has been in operation. He said payment of the bill could wait until the matter is reviewed and acted on at the next board meeting.
In other business, Director Dennis said Wednesday’s population stood at 555 or 87 percent. The population averaged 577 or 90 percent in October and 553 or 87 percent in November.
Members awarded a contract to current supplier Securus to provide inmate telephones, video visitation and automated information services. The bid had originally been awarded to GTL but challenged by other bidders who wanted to submit their best and final offer.