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Cleveland County Commissioners received more positive news about the county jail Monday, but that was tempered by a much larger estimate for property and casualty insurance for county buildings.

At a regular meeting of the commissioners, county jail consultant Neil Vickers said last week's jail population continued to be well below the maximum 177 mandated by the state health department.

For the week of June 18-14, an average of 158 inmates were jailed in the county detention center, Vickers said. He said the jail held a low of 150 prisoners on Friday and Saturday, but weekend arrests resulted in a high of 172 on Sunday.

Vickers said three jail prisoners were released last week, pending their court appearances -- two placed on the electronic monitoring program and another who agreed to pay fines and court costs.

The jail numbers are in addition to the 20 prisoners a day Cleveland County keeps in the Pottawatomie County Jail.

So far this year, Vickers said, the detention center has held an average of 29 fewer prisoners per day compared to the same period in 2004 and 2005, a savings of about $1,000 per day.

Commissioners tabled approving an increase of more than $73,500 in the county's liability and casualty insurance premium until they can investigate the reason for the hike. Last year the county paid $262,500 to the state Association of County Commissioners' self-insurance program. This year the insurance premium quote is more than $336,000.

In other matters, the commissioners received bids from four construction companies to build approaches and structures for six bridges in District 3. The bids, ranging from about $607,000 to $762,000, will be evaluated and awarded later.

Commissioners also approved routine interlocal agreements with the cities of Norman, Oklahoma City, Moore and Noble, the towns of Slaughterville and Lexington, McClain County Commissioners and District Attorney Tim Kuykendall.

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