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County sees income rise in jail phone contract

11/1/2012 - South Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County Council’s Public Safety Committee recommended Council renew a contract for inmate pay phone services at the Summit County Jail during the Oct. 29 meeting.

Randy Briggs, of the Sheriff’s Office, said the contract with ICSolutions was new last year, and the county was promised the opportunity to increase the money it makes from the calls.

“I’m happy to report that last year we received $340,000 and this year, after the switch, we are up to $392,000 for just January through September,” Briggs said. He added the county is projected to receive $506,000 by the end of the year.

“This is very beneficial to the county,” he said.

According to the legislation, the county receives a commission of 70 percent on the calls.

Also Monday, the Public Works Committee recommended Council adopt a resolution approving the Clinton Master Sewer Plan.

Mike Weant, of the Department of Environmental Services (DOES), said a public meeting Oct. 16 in the village was well-attended and positive.

“There was a lot of support for sanitary sewer service,” Weant said. “The overall tone was that we can’t start soon enough.”

If Council adopts the resolution at its next meeting, it will allow DOES to proceed on the design and tentative assessments for the project, Weant said. It’s likely the project could get under way in the summer of 2014, he added.

In other business, the Personnel Committee recommended Council adopt a resolution confirming a contract with Ease@Work for the county’s employee assistance program at a cost not to exceed $95,000. According to Wendy Weaver, of the department of Insurance and Risk Management, the contract reflects a savings that was possible because the city of Akron was added for a total of 5,000 employees covered by the program, which provides counseling or legal help for employees.

Following committee meetings, Council heard budget presentations from Job and Family Services, the Veterans Service Commission, the Law Library and the Developmental Disabilities Board.

County Council will meet Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. for caucus and 5:05 p.m. for its regular meeting in Council Chambers on the seventh floor of the Ohio Building, 175 S. Main St.

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