Jail continues inmate agreement with Wexford County

OSCEOLA COUNTY — Inmates from the Wexford County Jail will continue to be housed in the Osceola County Jail for another year, following the approval of the agreement at the Feb. 17 meeting of the Osceola County Board of Commissioners.

According to Osceola County Jail Administrator Russ Wayne, there are currently 10 inmates from Wexford County being detained at $30 per day, which creates a revenue of about $110,000 for Osceola County. The jails have had agreements in place for the last 14 years due to overcrowding in Wexford County.

The agreement was approved for July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016.

In other business, Undersheriff Justin Halladay asked for the board's approval to apply for grants which would help fund the purchase of 800 megahertz radios. The radios allow the county’s first responders to communicate more effectively with other first responders in the state of Michigan.

Halladay said the estimated cost for 30 Motorola dual-band radios is about $150,000, which the department cannot afford. However, he received a quote of about $80,000 for 45 Kenwood single-band radios, which Halladay believes is an option the department can handle.

Without a motion needed, commissioners gave permission to apply for grants.

In other business, commissioners approved a motion allowing the Osceola County Commission on Aging to use the Marion Eagles Post No. 4087 for its Meals on Wheels program. The one-year agreement states the COA can use the space between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for $150 per month.