The City Council authorized an intergovernmental agreement with the city of Doraville for the hosing of Sandy Springs prisoners Dec. 2.

Sandy Springs has long had a spoken agreement with Doraville under which prisoners were housed. Last year the rate was $45 per day, and this year it is $50, City Attorney Wendell Willard said. “We feel it’s a very attractive agreement for the city. At this point, we’ve gone though some further negotiations and clarifications. We’ve got the agreement finalized.”

The fees are prorated when prisoners are held for partial days.

Sandy Springs likely will soon sign a similar agreement with Smyrna, which charges $46.80 per day, Assistant City Manager Steve Rapson said. “This will just give us flexibility to send them to either facility.”

City Manager John McDonough said Doraville has the option not to accept prisoners if its jail is full. With all the new cities in the area, having a secondary contract is necessary, he said.

“I don’t think that we want to find ourselves in the position that we don’t have a backup,” he said. “I think Johns Creek uses (the Doraville) facility, and I’m pretty sure that Dunwoody is going to begin to use that facility as well.”