Too many inmates at Presque Isle jail

ROGERS CITY — The Presque Isle County Jail has to deal with an overflow of inmates, Sheriff Bob Paschke told the board of commissioners during a meeting last week.

“Today we’re at 39 and we have a capacity for 24; ten are housed in Montmorency. We have 31 males and eight females,” he said.

The inmates have to be placed in Montmorency because the Cheboygan County and Alpena County jails are full.

“I don’t know what the spike is,” he said.

Paschke also said that on Dec.12 the department will go live with the new radio software program. He said he knows of a company that purchases used equipment.

He said the county has a lot of old equipment and will start to look at what to do with it all.

Another software program for the county also will go live within the next few months. County Treasurer Bridget LaLonde said the staff will be trained in mid-February to train on general ledger, cash receipts, payable and payroll.

“Tax delinquent tax and building and zoning will be later with a full transition at the end of May,” she said.

She said the county wants to stick with the current software to get through this year. The new software is called BS&A and will replace the Pontem software staff now uses.

LaLonde said as part of the package they’ve paid for 10 years worth of history on accounts payable, payroll, cash receipts, delinquent tax and assessing, which she said is standard.

Jordan Spence can be reached via email at jspence@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5687.