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Commissioners help provide software system for jail

LISBON — Columbiana County commissioners have contracted with the Intellitech Corp. to provide a new inmate management software system for the county sheriff’s office to use at the county jail.

Commission President Mike Halleck said the software system is used to track inmates once they are booked into the county jail until their release. “Anything you can possibly think of that might involve an inmate,” he explained.

Sheriff Ray Stone said the new software will be a vast improvement over the current system, which is nearly 20 years old. “It’s amazing what this one does compared to what we had,” he said.

The cost is $20,000, which will be paid by commissioners. Halleck said Correctional Solutions Groups, the private company hired to operate the jail, has agreed to pay the county $500 a month to help defray the expense.

In other action, commissioners adopted a resolution at the request of county engineer’s request asking the Ohio Department of Transportation to review a traffic study performed to determine the proper speed for Georgetown Road in Knox Township. The proposed speed reduction would begin 0.3 miles east of Rochester Road and end 1.2 miles later at Stoffer Road.

County Engineer Bert Dawson said this would affect the intersection in North Georgetown, where there were fatal accidents within five months of each other. Although speed was not a factor in either accident, Dawson said they hired MS Consultants to perform a study that determined the speed limits in the stretch of road should be reduced from 55 mph to 45 mph. ODOT can only reduce the mileage after formally being asked to review the study.

Commissioners also approved the request of county Department of Job and Family Services Director Rachel Ketterman to renew the gasoline voucher program with Smith Oil. Income-eligible residents can receive a voucher to purchase gas to help them get to and from work, court-ordered child visitation and related hearings, and things of this sort.

Ketterman said the amount particiants receive is based on mileage figures as determined by the JFS and the monthly gas prices. The vouchers can only be used at Smith Oil, and participants must turn in their receipts.

The contract ceiling is $20,500 for one year.

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