Board OKs deal to extend jail food service

By John Holler
Times Correspondent

Nobody at the county level of government enjoys paying the costs of housing prisoners in the county jail. But, as one of the tenets of any governmental unit, it’s a price they have to pay. At the June 5 meeting of the Wright County Board, the commissioners were asked to approve a three-year extension to its food service contract with Aramark. What followed was a 15-minute debate about how and what prisoners are fed and the cost to the county to get that job done.

Jail Administrator Pat O’Malley appeared before the board with the proposed three-year food service contract extension, which is scheduled to expire July 1. The proposal would include no cost increase in the first year and 3 percent increases in each of the next two years. O’Malley told the board that the county has worked hard to cut an improved deal.

Food is expensive