City Council solicits justification for jail bed cost
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday Workshop in a joint meeting with the Josephine County Commissioners requested a justification for why they are spending $100 per rented jail bed when they were quoted at a different rate last week by the jail commander.
Many of the councilors continued to push the urgency of the situation and said they felt the $100 per bed per day is well worth the cost but felt they owed it to the constituency to show exactly what costs the city is paying. Councilor Jim Goodwin requested an itemized list detailing jail expenditures for each of the rented beds and Commissioner Keith Heck said he would have the information delivered to the city by noon Tuesday.
Commissioner Simon Hare said that though he understood council’s urgency he felt the contract should be vetted further and it could be pulled from the Wednesday business session’s calendar at a moment’s notice. Council decided to wait till they receive the information regarding jail costs from Commissioner Heck and, unless a glaring issue arose, would continue with plans to have staff sign the contract.
City Manager Aaron Cubic also discussed cooperation between city and county departments and pointed out in order of the three departments that could assist each other most easily would be the fleet, records departments and 911 Dispatch. Commissioner Cherryl Walker made it clear these departments would not merge and Commissioner Hare added that this avenue should only be pursued if a nets monetary savings.