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Lewis County Commission Meeting Announces Lowest Jail Bill This Year

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Some good news for the bottom line of Lewis County Monday morning, at its regular meeting Monday morning, the Lewis County Commission received its lowest jail bill since June of last year.

The February bill was more than $10,000 less than January's bill.

County officials said a new emphasis on alternative sentences, like home confinement are helping to keep that total down while keeping enforcement up.

"Likewise, it's monitored very strictly. Typically, you don't have very many warnings when you're dealing with clients on home confinement. If they violate, they find themselves back in jail," said Sheriff Adam Gissy.

The commission also approved a request from the county clerk to purchase another scanner to help digitize county records.

Commissioner Pat Boyle said the work is part of an effort to make the county records more easily accessible to county residents.

In their current form, the county records room is often packed with representatives from the oil and gas industry.

Boyle said this could make everyone's work that much faster.

"There's a tremendous amount of work yet to be done there. I'm sure it will alleviate and help there, but things with oil and gas, the way they're climbing here in the county, the office is constantly busy," Boyle said.

There's no timeline yet for when the records will all be accessible in digital form.