Commissioners OK Agreements for County Jail

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) — The Jefferson County Commissioners approved three motions involving the Jefferson County Jail at Tuesday’s meeting at Jefferson Place in Brookville.

Commissioners Jack Matson, Jeff Pisarcik and Herb Bullers voted to approve an agreement between the county and Beacon Software Solutions for Beacon Jail Management System software at the jail in the amount of $50,965.

Also, the commissioners approved a 3-year agreement with Inmate Calling Solutions to provide calling services to inmates.

The third agreement approved by the commissioners was for four years with Keefe Commissary Network to provide canteen/commissary and accounting services for use by the inmates at the jail.

The deal ends Sept. 23, 2020.

The new, two-story cell block began housing inmates Tuesday, according to a jail official.

Inmates were held in modular units for the last 12 years as a temporary solution.

The new cell block was set to accept inmates earlier this year, but weather-related delays pushed things back.

The jail is in the process of a $7.4 million project will add 90 beds and make a number of improvements, including adding offices and training facilities for staff members, improve Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, relocate the jail’s administrative offices, add lockers, and improve the dining area.

Also, the commissioners approved a number of appointments at Tuesday’s meeting.

Two men, Herb Landes and Terry Shields, were re-appointed to the county Conservation District Board. Both are four-year terms, expiring Dec. 31, 2020.

Ron King, of Brookville, was appointed to the county Planning Commission for a five-year term. It ends Dec. 31, 2021.

Two members of the solid waste authority were re-appointed, including David Gordon of Eldred Township and Joyce Cooper of Gaskill Township.

Both have five-year terms that will expire Dec. 31, 2021.

“Both have been huge assets to the authority and have went above and beyond,” said Donna Cooper, JCSWA Executive Director.

The county commissioners will meet again at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 27. The Jail Board meeting will follow at 11 a.m., then the Salary Board at 11:30 a.m.

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