The Moore American

October 1, 2013

Companies must pledge to return percentage of earnings to sheriff’s office

By Andy Rieger
The Moore American

MOORE — Cleveland County Commissioners on Monday opened and tabled bids for operating the inmate telephone system at the F. DeWayne Beggs Detention Center.

Undersheriff Rhett Burnett said he has no problems with the current operator, Global Tel Link, but that it was time to rebid the contract. Bidders pledged to return a certain percentage of their commission to the sheriff’s office.

Burnett said he wanted to make sure that the companies were not paying a higher percentage back to the county and then tacking that extra expense onto inmates and their families.

Burnett said Global Tel Link pays about 52 percent commission back to the sheriff. Bids opened Monday ranged from a low of 54 percent to a high of 77 percent.

Officials said they want time to review the bids to make sure none of the companies that bid are being investigated by the FCC for gouging inmates on phone calls.

Commissioners awarded a $15,900 bid to JPL Construction for installation of electrical in the new 100 by 70 building at the District 2 Warehouse.

The board tabled a contract to provide website design services for the county. Also Monday, commissioners:

· Started the process to get the Cleveland County Health Department nationally accredited. Commissioners agreed to pay $31,802 over five years to the Public Health Accreditation Board.

· Declared October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Cleveland County. Multiple events are planned, including Friday’s “Wear Purple” campaign.

· Entered into an agreement with Noble and Moore to house prisoners in the county jail. Cost is $48 per day.

· Contracted with AT&T for five business telephone lines at a cost of $25.95 per month.

· Hired Rod’s Pest Control to provide pest control at 601 E. Robinson for $55 per month.