Commissioners gave the OK to a request from County Administrator Roxy Traxler to spend up to $15,000 to improve security at the county’s justice center. There will be additional cameras and secure-access door controls added.
In answer to a question from Commissioner Dave Oslin about what concerns there were, Traxler said there are some blind corners in the building, better lighting is desired in some areas and staff members will have more choices of doors to enter when they come to work.
“We haven’t had any incidents,” she said, “but we prefer not to.”
Child support case filings
The board approved an expenditure of $33,637 to pay for an electronic filing system for child support cases. The breakdown for that amount includes $660 for an additional scanner for an interview room, five additional computer monitors at a cost of $2,825 and $30,152 to Information Systems Corp., Fargo, N.D., for its bid for licenses, maintenance agreements, training and development.
The goal of the child support unit of the Community & Veterans Service Department is to be paperless by Aug. 1, giving workers time to become familiar with the process before the implementation of the Health Care Reform Act on Oct. 1.
Jail expansion fund transfer
Since the county has paid off, as of last January, the bonds for the law enforcement center, the board decided to take $424,992 remaining in the jail expansion account and transfer it to the office building project department of the debt service fund to use it for repayment of bonds issued for construction of Courthouse Square.
$4 million in contracts awarded
Commissioners approved the awarding of contracts for crushed gravel the county will use for road projects in the county.
The three contracts total $206,580. Also awarded was a bid of $85,666 for reflective pavement marking throughout the county. Other contracts, totaling about $3.7 million, that were awarded are $298,402 for bituminous overlay and aggregate shouldering in the Princeton area, $414,494 for grading and base in the Onamia area, $1,202,121 for aggregate base, bituminous paving and aggregate shouldering in the Onamia area, and $1,774,569 for grading, aggregate base and paving.