Price of inmate meals could increase

Published 11:38 am Wednesday, May 17, 2017

By Randy Strong

The Orange Leader

Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt discussed with the Commissioners Court  about a possible action to allow five star Correctional Services a price adjustment for meal services for Orange County Jail inmates during the Tuesday afternoon meeting.

The price for inmate meals would rise from $1.12 to $1.14 and trustee meals from $1.20 to $1.23. This adjustment is based upon the Consumer Price Index for periods between April 2015 through March 2016 and April 2016 through March 2017.

Merritt said the increase would not exceed their budget amount for the current fiscal year. Commissioner Pct. 4 Jody Crump, who brought this to the courts attention in a previous meeting, was unable to attend the meeting due to out of town training so the court decided to take no action on this matter until Crump was present.

Discussions were also held for the approval for minor plat of land in Precinct 2.

The property owner is converting three tracts of land(1.03, 0.95 and 0.92 acres) into two tracks of 1.39 and 1.51 acres. Both resulting tracks will have frontage on Fawn Drive. Since the replat  has been approved by Orange City Planning and Community Development Director, the court voted unanimously to go ahead with the conversion.