The Richmond Register

October 24, 2012

County saving money since inception of home incarceration program

By Ronica Shannon
Senior News Writer

RICHMOND — Although there were differing figures at Tuesday’s Madison Fiscal Court meeting, the county is saving hundreds of thousands of dollars since implementing a new home incarceration program.

“Since its inception in June, we’ve had 117 inmates on a monitor,” said Deputy Michelle Albertson who oversees the program.

Total, the inmates have spent 3,940 days on a monitor, she said.

“At $50 a day at the jail rate, that would have cost the jail $197,000 to house those inmates,” she said. She is referring to the amount the county must pay to house each inmate each day, with some expenses including food, clothing and medical care if needed.

“I don’t think it’s hardly that much,” said Madison Judge/Executive Kent Clark. “I think it’s $32 a day.”

Madison County Jailor Doug Thomas did not attend the fiscal court meeting for clarification, nor could he be reached via telephone for comments.

Based on Clark’s figure at $32 a day, the county would have saved $126,080 since beginning the program.

“That’s still excellent,” Clark said.

In other business:

• A $230,000 grant was accepted from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Department of Highways for the resurfacing of various roads in the county.

The agreement between the county and the state cabinet states: “The department agrees this is a worthwhile project and is willing to reimburse the county up to $100,000 in state contingency funding and $130,000 in state rural secondary program funding for the completion of this project. Any cost in excess of the reimbursement funding for this project will be the responsibility of the county.”

The roads to be resurfaced include: Three Forks Road from KY 388 extending northwest for .99 mile; Wilson Lane from Barker Lane extending northeast to Smith Lane for .88 mile; Hickory Lane from KY 3376 extending west to the end of the county maintenance line for .46 mile; Curtis Pike from Wilgreen Lake Road extending north for .87 mile; Runyon Grove Road from Four Mile Road extending north to the end of the county maintenance line for .51 mile and Old KY 52 from KY 52 extending west to Moberly Road for 1.08 miles.

• Clark announced he recently learned $50,000 in state funding was to soon be received to purchase a new truck for the county’s dead animal removal program, which is a free service.

• The court accepted a $26,000 grant from the Homeland Security Protection Program that will go toward purchasing new equipment for the Madison County Fire Department.

The next meeting of the fiscal court is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Madison County Courthouse.

Ronica Shannon can be reached at rshannon@richmondregister.com or 624-6608.