Courthouse security, speeders, trashy roads topics of commissioners meeting
by Michele Longworth
Mar 06, 2013 | 1030 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Courthouse security was a topic discussed at Tuesday morning’s commissioners meeting, when commissioners Jerel Childers and Jayson Farmer were visited by Becky Riggs, employee in Massac County State’s Attorney’s office.

Childers said the handicapped accessible ramp has been installed on the east side of the courthouse and the county is currently waiting on is the 36 inch doors, which cost $5700 and posts to be installed.

Childers said the doors are in and they are waiting for the company that sells the doors to install them. He also mentioned he had talked to Jim Walters regarding an electronic card system for an employee entrance. A system like that could cost about $10,000.

According to Childers, he had not anticipated on the doors automatically opening. But Farmer brought up the possibility that the security officer might not be at the entrance and asked how much it would cost if the county installed doors that would be able to open automatically.

Childers said he, Farmer and commissioner Jeff Weber, who was not able to attend Tuesday’s meeting, had discussed the possibility of using two security officers, but Childers said that if the county had one security officer and that officer needed to be off, possibly the sheriff’s department may be able to have a deputy to fill in.

Riggs said she had talked to Lisa Thurston, with Southern Five Planning regarding grants that might be able to pay for a security officer’s salary and she explained after a diligent, thorough search, she was unable to find any grants that could help with the cost.

According to Riggs, she had spoken to Judge Joe Jackson about the possibility of the county utilizing some court funds, but he had indicated there was not money available in those funds.

Riggs also asked the board about the courtroom security fund Massac County Circuit Clerk Larry Grace collects and had asked if possibly that fee could be increased or if was already at its maximum level.

Childers said he will be seeing one of the Pulaski County commissioners within the next couple of weeks and would talk further to him to find out how Pulaski County funds their courthouse security officer.

Farmer also indicated it would be a good idea for the commissioners to schedule a meeting with Sheriff Ted Holder, Grace and State’s Attorney Patrick Windhorst to discuss possible options in trying to fund the salary for a security officer.

The commissioners heard from Massac County Treasurer Dana Jones that after this week’s payroll the county’s general fund would actually be in the negative. But with the $22,249 reimbursement from the county highway department, that would leave a balance of $2372.

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