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July 23, 2013

Commission may renew jail food contract

County plans to transfer trucks to two municipalities

CUMBERLAND — Allegany County commissioners have a light agenda Thursday, but will likely renew a major contract providing food service at the county detention center.

If approved, the county would rehire ARAMARK Inc., which has been providing food service at the jail since 2000.

The new contract, which would run to July 7, 2014, would include a 1.5 percent increase per meal. Last year’s contract was for $326,693.25, Sheriff Craig Robertson has said.

The cost per meal of the prison meals, at less than $2 per meal, is considerably less than the average cost per meal for school children, which is more than $3 per meal, according to Allegany County Public Schools officials.

“ACS (ARAMARK Correctional Services) prepares well over 1 million meals a day for state and municipal facilities, partnering with our clients to meet the unique challenges of the corrections environment,” according to the company’s website. The company provides food service at more than 600 correctional facilities nationwide, according to its website.

Commissioners also plan to authorize a vehicle transfer from the county to two towns, Barton and Westernport. The only limitation placed on the transfer is that the towns can’t sell the dump trucks for three years without the written authorization of the county. The trucks were declared surplus property at the July 11 commission meeting. Both trucks are 1995 Fords.

Also on the agenda is a bid opening report on a building shell construction project for a new sheriff’s office.

“Our project plan is to have the architect prepare plans and specifications and bid the construction of a building shell, consisting of walls, roof, doors and windows,” said a memo prepared by Paul Kahl, the county’s director of public works.

The fitting of the building’s interior and interior construction would be done by county staff to save money, officials have said.  

Contact Matthew Bieniek at mbieniek@times-news.com.

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