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Cost of feeding jail inmates increased

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 ~ Updated 4:25 PM


BENTON -- Inmate meals at the Scott County Jail are going up in cost but it could have been worse.

Glenn Klander Jr., general manager of correctional services for Aramark, and Chris Brooks, the front line manager, met with Scott County Commissioners during their regular Tuesday meeting to discuss the price increase.

According to the food service contract, Aramark is able to raise the cost per meal annually.

Klander said Aramark was initially going to increase the meal costs by 5.52 percent based on April food costs but then revised it down by 3 percent to an increase of only 2.076 based on the costs as of last December.

Presiding Commissioner Jamie Burger said it was "admirable" for Aramark to present the revised price increase.

Burger noted they are coming up on the end of a three-year contract with Aramark.

Klander also presented commissioners with information on enhanced menu options for inmates.

In other business during Tuesday's meeting, the county has three new workers in its road and bridge department being paid by the Missouri Disaster Recovery Jobs Program through the Workforce Investment Board.

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