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Courthouse, jail two facilities in need
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The courthouse, health department and jail may soon receive facelifts to the tune of $225,000.Improvements to the buildings, including new outside trim, new air conditioning units, and a new canopy at the courthouse will come from an interest-bearing capital outlay note.The canopy is needed at the courthouse due to the large number of people who must stand outside in the weather, including on recent rainy days, while waiting to enter the building through the newly installed metal detector.Listed among the proposed improvements are:At the courthouse:• Fire alarm system replacement• Replacement of air conditioning units• Installation of a canopy over the front entrance• Security system installation• Repair and replacement of outside trimAt the jail:• Replacement of light fixtures in the men’s cells• Installation of steel in cells/ceilings• Installation of razor wire fencing• Gate reinforcements and repairs in the exercise yard• Gate reinforcements and repairs at the back entranceAt the health department:• Repairs to the air conditioning unitThe proposal also includes improvements to any other county building deemed necessary.The fire alarm replacement at the courthouse has been mandated by the state fire marshal and required by the grand jury. The grand jury also recommended installing a security system at the courthouse. Bids for those two projects may come in higher than originally predicted due to the thickness of walls in the building.