Saturday, September 3, 2011
THE GUARDIAN filed a public records requests last week in two areas of interest. First was the cost of legal fees for the Bujak case and the second was regarding a NO BID contract issued to a food service company for preparation of jail and juvenile meals served in the jail and juvenile detention facility.
The costs for Mr. Bujak's legal fees to date with the county come to just under $101,000.00! One invoice listed $17,488.00 and the second invoice came in at $83,280.00. It may turn out the Canyon County Commishes will end up losing the Tort case filed by Mr. Bujak come January of 2012 and there will be a lot more zeros added to they cost of this messy business with Mr. Bujak. Let's hope some kind of settlement is reached before the case goes to trial. Right now Bujak has not been charged with a crime nor has his license to practice law in Idaho been suspended. Under Idaho Law the County Prosecutor is one of the few elected officials who can make a profit while serving as a public official.
The second issue we did some research into was the NO BID Food Service Contract. No RFQ/RFP
was used to determine who was best suited to fill the needs of the jail and juvenile detention meals and commissary program for inmates. We can all appreciate the efforts to lower to costs of keeping people in our jail and juvenile detention facilities but the use of a NO BID approach was determined to be legal by the County Prosecutors legal staff.
ABL Management Services will provide meals to the adult detention inmates at a rate of $3.3714 to $3.9879 per day based on inmate populations. The lower the numbers of inmates the higher to cost of meals per day (fixed costs etc here enter into play). The juvenile detention meals are a flat $4.50/day for each juvenile held in the South West Idaho Juvenile Detention Facility.
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 11:37 AM