The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

February 26, 2013

Jasper County Commission approves revised phone contract for jail


From staff reports

CARTHAGE, Mo. — A revised contract to redirect money from the company that provides phone service to the Jasper County jail was approved Tuesday by the county commission.

The commission earlier authorized Sheriff Randee Kaiser to re-negotiate the contract with Encartele, Inc. after Kaiser said he learned that 14 percent of contract proceeds were being set aside for jail technology and improvements. The money was being held by the company and parceled out at the direction of the sheriff’s office.

Kaiser, who took office Jan. 1, said he would like to see the money go for the same purpose, but he wanted to ask the company to send the money to the county treasurer, who would create a fund in her office.

Commissioners also announced the county had received a $20,440 grant via the Region M Solid Waste Commission that will be used for litter control along county roads.