Members of the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center board voted Thursday to drop litigation against Martin County, after the county paid more than $295,047 in housing costs, healthcare costs and costs associated with an accident on the grounds of the BSRDC facility.

“One item in particular was the suit we had against Martin County, I’d entertain a motion that we drop the lawsuit,” said Chairman Daniel Castle. “Because they have paid in full.”

Martin County board member L.T. Preece put forth a motion, which was seconded and approved unanimously by the board members.

The lawsuit was originally filed to cover arrears for housing costs totaling approximately $227,886, inmate healthcare payments to Advanced Healthcare, Inc. in the amount of approximately $67,000 and the cost of repairs needed for a vehicle which was parked on the grounds of the BSRDC facility when a Martin County prisoner transportation officer was in the process of transporting prisoners and “negligently collided with a vehicle on the grounds of the facility,” causing approximately $52 in damages.

As of the board’s meeting Thursday, all debts held by the board against Martin County had been paid in full, according to the board, and the lawsuit would be dropped.

The Big Sandy Regional Detention Center Board meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6 p.m., alternating venues between the judge’s chambers at the jail and the Johnson County Fiscal Court room. All meetings are open to the public.

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