Harrison County sheriff receives appropriations

T-L Photo/DYLAN McKENZIE Harrison County Sheriff Ron Myers speaks to commissioners at Wednesday’s meeting.

CADIZ — Harrison County commissioners approved fund appropriations for the sheriff’s office Wednesday, helping the department get through the rest of the year.

Harrison County Sheriff Ron Myers spoke to commissioners at the regular meeting Wednesday, requesting appropriations in the amount of $140,000 for jail costs to finish out the year. Myers said the money will be used for prisoner upkeep and to help pay for deputies and corrections officers who staff the county jail. Myers said the total costs for the year between the Harrison County Jail and other locations where prisoners are housed in Jefferson, Carroll and Stark counties comes to around $540,000. He added that transportation between the facilities is very costly; so far in 2017, deputies have transported prisoners a total of 25,000, he said.

“Prisoner movement is a big expense, and it’ll only get worse,” Myers said.

He noted that housing female prisoners is a problem his department frequently encounters, necessitating transportation to other facilities. The Harrison County Jail does not include a separate space to house female inmates.

Commissioners approved the appropriations, as well as a transfer between line items of about $30,000. Meyers said that money is left over in his budget, and the department will use the funds to purchase a new vehicle.

Commissioners also approved appropriations for several other county departments, including the clerk of courts and health department. The board also adjusted an appropriations request submitted last week by the Harrison County Soil and Water Conservation District. Commissioners also approved board member Dale Norris to serve on the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance. The EODA, according to information on its website, is “a nonpartisan organization that promotes the Economic Development of our sixteen county region.”

The Harrison County Board of Commissioners meets regularly at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays at the county courthouse in Cadiz.