County settles with LCDC operator Sutton
By Roxanne McKnight
Monday saw a resolution of the financial and legal disagreement between Limestone County and Mike Sutton, former operator and longtime warden and administrator of the Limestone County Detention Center, the county’s privately owned but currently empty prison.
Commissioners had called a special meeting for Monday, June 30, with the main item an executive session – which is closed to the public – to discuss the ongoing dispute. Votes may not be made in closed sessions, though, so when the court returned to open session, the county’s Waco-based attorney Herb Bristow read aloud the proposed settlement agreement before the court voted unanimously to accept the deal.
The settlement calls for a payment of $86,167 to Sutton for the remaining operating fee through June 21, giving Sutton $26,167 immediately but holding the remaining $60,000 in a trust account managed by Sutton’s attorney, David Moore, for any remaining vendor payments for the period Sutton operated the prison. Bristow noted that the agreement already included a list of vendors that need to be paid, and that he knew of several other vendors that would be contacting the county for payment from the $60,000 trust account.
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