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Juvenile facility report is positive

Friday, January 20, 2006

CHARLESTON -- Things are going well at the Mississippi County Juvenile Detention Center.

Mississippi County Commissioners reviewed a report by Becky Tinsley, superintendent of the county's juvenile facility, during their regular meeting Thursday.

"She had a good report," said Presiding Commissioner Jim Blumenberg.

Tinsley's reports shows $194,002 was collected in 2005.

"The total money collected through December 2004 was $152,172.50," Tinsley wrote in her report. "Our total this year is $41,829.50 more than in 2004 with only $1,414 which was not received prior to the end of the year. This amount has since been received in January 2006."

Tinsley also advised that since she must now submit mileage reimbursement requests through her county budget, she has asked for an increase for this line item in 2006 as in previous years the majority of her mileage was submitted through the circuit's juvenile office.

Commissioners also discussed the outlook for the adult facility with Bob Whitehead, administrator for the jail.

The detention center presently is boarding 19 prisoners for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Blumenberg asked if ICE officials have a projection of the number of ICE prisoners the county will be asked to board this year.

Whitehead said the ICE official he spoke with seems to think it will be a good year for the county but can't be sure.

In the budget request, $830,000 was budgeted for projected revenue from ICE. Whitehead said the anticipated revenue for the 2005 budget was $807,000.

In regards to maintenance, Whitehead said the juvenile side of the facility looks good but the adult detention center needs paint for the showers and sealer for the floors.

In other business Thursday, commissioners approved the annual treasurer reports and renewed service agreements for the Mississippi County Rescue Squad, Mississippi County Transit, Mississippi County Retired Senior Volunteers Program and the East Prairie and Charleston nutrition centers.

The rescue squad is funded through the county's general revenue fund while the others receive money from the senior citizens sales tax.

Commissioners also approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Mississippi County Public Water Supply District No. 1 by which the county will be the applicant for a Community Development Block Grant to fund the district's second phase. The water district will be the subapplicant.