G.P. councilors continue fine-tuning jail bed contract
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop continued discussions about the tentative bed contract with the Josephine County Jail.
The city’s contract with the jail for the rental of beds expires at the end of this month and council is trying to fine-tune what elements they want in a new contract with the county for 28 fixed city-use beds at a cost of nearly $1 million annually.
Councilors began the discussion with approval of the proposed transportation fee of $3.42 for a home with an assessed property value of $200,000. The fee is based on trips and Wal-Mart, which creates the most trips of any business in the county, would pay over $1,000 a month for the jail transportation fee. At a previous meeting, Councilor Lily Morgan had said this fee was egregious but after reading a letter by Councilor Jim Goodwin regarding the 1,000 calls Wal-Mart makes to Public Safety annually she said that she now supported the fee.
Councilors Ken Hannum, Dennis Webber and Jim Williams requested possible items that could be cut from the budget be presented by staff but this idea did not receive a consensus of council and it will not be up for consideration.
The council will vote on the jail bed contract this Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. in council chambers during their regular meeting.