September 20, 2014

Last meal: Prison contract as county jail meal provider ends Oct. 24

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ARENAC COUNTY — The Standish Maximum Correctional Facility has been providing the Arenac County Jail with a money-saving option for inmate meals, but the inexpensive provider will serve its last meal at the county jail on Oct. 24, one week before the prison in scheduled to close.

Sheriff James Mosciski said he’s received quotes from other meal providers, but no selection has been made yet.

“I’ve got quotes from a canteen service, I’ve got quotes from MediLodge in Sterling,” he said. “The commissioners are going to have to make a decision as to what way we’re going to go by the second week of October.”

According to Mosciski, if a canteen service is selected, kitchen equipment for the jail that is currently in storage will have to be moved back into the jail, which he said could take a generous amount of time and effort, so he would like a decision to be made well in advance of Oct. 24.

Board Chairman Raymond Daniels said that another option is to open the kitchen at the jail back up and staff it, but he said that is the least likely choice.

“That scenario’s last,” he said. “It seems to be the most expensive route.”

Mosciski said the cost per meal per inmate with the prison providing meals is about 66 cents. He said he doesn’t believe any quote from any other provider will be able to match that price.

“It’s going to be at least a couple of dollars a day (per inmate) more, I think,” Daniels added.

In other news with the Arenac County Sheriff’s Office, a contract between the sheriff’s office and the Saginaw-Chippewa Tribal Police has been reached.

Mosciski said the deal is basically the same as what was in place prior to his term as sheriff that began this year, except there is a hold-harmless clause for the county when it comes to attempted litigation against a Tribal police officer not acting on behalf of the sheriff’s office.

He said about 12 Tribal officers have already been officially deputized with the county.

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