The food services at the Todd County Jail will soon be operated by a private company after action by Todd Fiscal Court Friday morning.
Magistrates unanimously approved a contract with Kellwell Food Management to administer the program at the jail, pending the approval of the contract by County Attorney Mac Johns. Jailer Greg Allen says Kellwell provided a detailed sliding scale on the price of a meal based on the number of inmates being housed.
Doing the food service in house, Allen says the cost remains about the same regardless of the jail population.
Tiger Foods also submitted a bid, but its sliding scale began with an assumption of 100 inmates, which the Todd County Jail doesn't currently have. The Kellwell bid listed a cost of about $1.56 per meal served when there are between 90 and 100 inmates.
Meanwhile, Allen says there's still a great deal of uncertainty regarding how the closure of the private Marion Adjustment Center will impact county jails. He's still awaiting word on how many state inmates the Elkton facility will get.
In other business, court gave Todd County Coroner Bob Whittlesey the authority to purchase a van up to a cost of $12,000. He already had the okay to buy one at $8,500, but said he couldn't find an acceptable van with low mileage at that cost.