Oroville Mercury-Register

Board to talk military equipment

- By Jake Hutchison jhutchison@chicoer.com

OROVILLE » Two potentiall­y controvers­ial law enforcemen­t-related items will be brought before the Butte County Board of Supervisor­s Tuesday including a presentati­on on inmate access by the US Immigratio­ns and Customs Enforcemen­t as well as the use of military equipment by the sheriff’s office. The ICE presentati­on and a public hearing are set for 9:30 a.m. at the board chambers and will be given by Sheriff Kory Honea.

“Pursuant to California Government Code section 7283.1(d), the Board of Supervisor­s will hold a public hearing to receive informatio­n from the sheriff regarding access to individual­s housed in the Butte County

Jail, by agents of the U.S. Immigratio­n and Customs Enforcemen­t,” the related staff report said. “The Board will also receive and consider public comment related to this issue.”

The presentati­on, according to the staff report, will go over the California Transparen­t Review of Unjust Transfers and Holds Act, commonly known as the TRUTH act.

Like the city of Chico before it, the county will decide whether or not to permit the use of military equipment by the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. A list of state-defined military equipment will be presented for public view.

Local law enforcemen­t agencies are now required to provide informatio­n on the equipment owned by the county and gain approval from the agency’s governing body.

Other business

The board will consider entering into a contract with Valley Oak Children’s Services for child care management within the region.

This is part of CalWORK’s Welfare-to-Work program and, if approved, would enter the county into an agreement with Valley Oak through June 30,

2025. Though the contract comes with a cost not to

exceed $5.77 million, it is funded by the state of California.

Another contract item that will be considered is an amendment with Trinity Services Group Inc. for

inmate meal services at the Butte County Jail.

The contract with the group began in 2019 for three years and now the sheriff will be asking for an extension through June 24,

2024 with the maximum cost at $5.6 million.

Eight cases of nuisance abatement and liens will go before the board which will decide whether to impose penalties on the landowners.

The Butte County Board of Supervisor­s generally meets at 9 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at its chambers located at 25 County

Center Drive, Suite 205 in Oroville. Meetings are free and open to the public. Those who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask while in the building.

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