Feb 12, 2020 2:11 AM

County commissioners OK variety of items Tuesday

Posted Feb 12, 2020 2:11 AM

Saline County Commissioners approved a variety of items during their meeting Tuesday morning.

Commissioners approved entering into a service agreement with Affordable Language Services to provide language translation services to clients and families that visit the Health Department, according to information provided by the county. The service will assist those clients whose primary language is not English and for those with hearing impairments. The service is billed on a per minute basis and on the language needed for translation.

Additionally, commissioners approved the purchase of a 2020 Kenworth T-880 in the amount of $120,980. The purchase will be made through the utilization of a cooperative purchasing contract through an authorized company, Sourcewell, which works closely with governmental agencies, the county noted.

Andrew Pellant, pre-trial coordinator, provided commissioners with an update for January 2020. Pellant told commissioners the following.

There were 15 clients placed on pre-trial in the month of January 2020.

As of Jan. 31, a total of 97 clients were being supervised, 22 clients remained in custody, and 146 clients had had their charges dismissed or had been sentenced, and 80 clients had their pre-trial bond revoked.

Of the 80 clients who had their pre-trial bond revoked, nine were because of new alleged charges and 71 were due to failing to appear in court.

There have been a total of 345 clients placed on pre-trial since the program inception in April 2019.

According to the county information, other commission business includes the following.

Commissioners proclaimed February Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Commissioners approved a request to submit for consideration, two grant projects through the Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Grant. One is a DrugIQ class that will target participants from law enforcement and fire fighting agencies, during which they will learn tactics concerning responding to incidents involving synthetic opioids. The second project would send hazardous materials technicians to a national hazmat conference.