(Nov. 30, 2018) An inmate at the Worcester County Jail apparently flushed a sheet down the toilet in August and ruptured the sewer system, prompting the need for repairs.
Donna J. Bounds, warden of the Worcester County Jail, said the repairs cost $9,932.32.
The county commissioners last Tuesday unanimously approved a budget overage to fix the jail’s sewer system, as well as have quarterly maintenance.
Bertino asked if the inmate received any punishment for the incident and cited costing the county money.
Bounds said because of the nature of the system, it’s unclear where the sheet originated.
“So we don’t know what prisoner did it, we just know a prisoner did it,” Bertino said.
Bounds also requested having the same company that did the repairs, Chesapeake Environmental Services, clear the surplus waste on a three-month basis, which would cost approximately $1,450 per removal.
“I anticipate using Chesapeake Environmental Services at least three times before the end of June 2019,” Bounds said in a memo.
Bertino moved to approve the request, which was seconded by Commissioner Bud Church.