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Alpena Jail caterer saga continues

Submitted by on April 2, 2010 – 6:34 amNo Comment

The Alpena County Jail has a new caterer to provide inmate meals.

County Commissioners approved a 3-year deal this week, with Waho’s Country Catering, which will be paid $2.25 a meal.  Waho’s replaces Bay Leaf Bistro which was let go in December for allegedly over billing the jail some $25,000.

The owner of Bay Leaf, Kerry Owens, posted a lengthy response to the County’s claim on Alpenanow.com.  She denies any wrong-doing and said “the County used the jail food-budget as their own personal slush fund.”  Owens blames any question of “over billing” on demanding inmates.  She also said some deputies and corrections officers took food from the kitchen as they pleased, and the County was billed for that too.

Owens originally was seeking approximately $18,000 from the County for meals she said she served in November and December.  But according to her posting on Alpenanow.com, she has revised that figure upward to roughly $46,000.

Commissioners met behind closed doors this week, to discuss the on-going negotiations with Prosecutor Ed Black.  So far no resolution has been reached. 

Owens is represented by former prosecutor Dennis Grenkowicz.