Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette The Grayson County Fiscal Court meets in regular session on Tuesday morning.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

The Grayson County Fiscal Court meets in regular session on Tuesday morning.

The Grayson County Detention Center recently renegotiated its contract with the U.S. Marshals Service to increase the pay it receives for housing and transporting federal inmates.

Grayson County Jailer Jason Woosley, during Tuesday's regular Grayson County Fiscal Court meeting, said he signed the new contract last Friday to increase the detention center's per diem for housing federal inmates from $55 per day to $59 per day for each federal prisoner lodged in the detention center.

Currently, Woosley said, the jail houses around 400 federal inmates.

The new contract, which went into effect on Monday, also increases the reimbursement rate for Grayson County Detention Center deputies transporting federal inmates from $23.33 per hour to $26 per hour, Woosley said.

With these raises, the detention center will see an annual revenue increase of around $600,000, according to Woosley.

Woosley said that every 36 months a jail may renegotiate its contract with the U.S. Marshals Service to attempt to garner a raise. While these negotiations are not always successful, Woosley said, the Grayson County Detention Center will continue to ask for pay increases each time there is an opportunity.

In other business, the fiscal court:

*Voted to approve the first reading of an ordinance permitting local law enforcement to enforce Grayson County burn bans, violations of which can lead to a fine of $50-$500. Currently, only the Kentucky Division of Forestry is authorized to do so.

Grayson County's burn ban remained in effect at press time.

*Voted to permit the Grayson County Clerk's Office to apply for a grant for new voting equipment.

County Clerk Charlotte Willis said her office's voting machines are now 17 years old and will need to be replaced in the near future.