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  • Sheriff, IT Manager recommend courthouse security upgrades

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  • RIPLEY - IT Manager Greg Thomas and Sheriff Tony Boggs presented a list of upgrades for Jackson County Courthouse security to the Jackson County Commissioners at Wednesday’s regular meeting totaling and estimated $62,488 to be contained in a Court Security Grant Application. Commissioner approved the requests.
    Included in the courthouse security upgrade list is:
    • Walk-through Metal Detector for Family Court-$7,213 -to replace the walk-through metal detector at the entrance to Family Court.
    • Security Door for the Victim Advocate Office-$4,473 -install electronic security door lock on the Victim Advocate Office door to enhance the security and safety of the advocate and the victims served.
    • Security Camera for the hallway outside the Probation Interview Room-$1,652 -request for a security camera to monitor activity in the secure hallway where detainees are occasionally left unattended for short periods of time.
    • Probation Interview Room Monitoring-$4,492 -request for three monitors to be installed in the probation offices which will enable probation staff to view real time activities in the room.
    • Replace Six Security Cameras Inside the Courthouse-$8,851 –request that six old security cameras be replaced with new higher resolution IP cameras.
    Install Four New Security Cameras Outside the Courthouse-$13,529 –requesting four new outdoor security cameras to enhance the security of the exterior of the courthouse.
    • Security Cameras in all three Courthouse Elevators-$22,178 –requesting that security cameras be installed in all three courthouse elevators to enhance security of the courthouse.
    “These upgrades will make for a more secure courthouse,” said Sheriff Tony Boggs, “and address specific need areas for enhancing safety and improved monitoring.”
    In other action, Commissioners:
    • Tabled action on approving estimates from West Virginia Roofing for a new roof and gutters on the mobile home and hangar repair work at the Jackson County Airport.
    • Approved exonerations as submitted by Assessor Brian Thomas.
    • Approved fiduciary paperwork as submitted by the Fiduciary Supervisor.
    • Conducted an executive session on financial matters with no action taken.
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