Richland County courthouse

Richland County Courthouse

MANSFIELD -- Richland County commissioners on Tuesday approved annual contract renewals for custodial services, floor cleaning services and meals for county jail inmates and those housed at the Community Alternative Center.

Commissioners met with Rachel Troyer, the county's central services coordinator, and Chuck Minnich, the county's building maintenance superintendent to discuss the contracts.

Richland County Sherriff's Dept. Capt. Chris Blunk, who oversees jail operations, also participated. All of the contacts begin in March and run through the end of February 2022.

The contract with Trinity Services Group Inc. for inmate meals is increasing 3.8 percent, based on the consumer price index. Based on the average jail population, meals will rise to $1.770 per meal from the $1.707 paid under the current one-year deal.

That would put annual food costs at around $387,000 depending on the number of inmates during the year. Trinity Services Group focuses on correctional institution meals and operates in 43 states.

Blunk said the number of inmate complaints about food had declined 60 to 70 percent since Trinity Services took over the contract.

"Of course you will always have some complaints," he said. "The meals are approved by a dietician."

Commissioners also renewed its custodial contract with Ashland Cleaning, LLC, to handle 11 county-owned buildings at $19,286.50 per month, or $231,438 annually.

They also approved the renewal of a floor services contact with Commercial Cleaning Enterprises, LLC, a one-year deal that will cost about $59,206. The company cleans carpets, hard floor surfaces and also provides floor waxing services where needed.

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