The Vernon County Commission met during its regularly scheduled session yesterday, to consider a contract for housing inmates from St. Clair County, Mo., in the Vernon County Jail. The commission voted unanimously to accept the contract as written.
The contract states that St. Clair County will payVernon County $35 per day for up to five inmates. If more than five inmates are housed in the jail then the price falls to $30 per inmate.
For its money the county agrees to "furnish its facilities and personnel for housing misdemeanor and felony charges awaiting prosecution and other court order holds for the county of St. Clair." Medical, transportation and all other charges associated with the detention of such inmates will be absorbed by St. Clair County.
The money generated by the housing of outside prisoners is substantial. In 2012 the housing of inmates from other jurisdictions brought in a total of $478,032.88. This year's intake from housing other prisoners is anticipated to be in the neighborhood of $400,000. Several jurisdictions and agencies house prisoners in the Vernon County Jail throughout the year.
In other business, the commission went out into the county to get a firsthand look at some things. They visited a section of Overland Road in Badger Township that has been the source of contention between some residents of the area. Southern Commissioner Neal Gerster called it a "township issue" but said they wanted to get a look at it so they would know what all the talk was about. The commission also visited the site of the newest bridge replacement project in Montevallo Township.