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Morrison denied metal detector
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If Morrison wants the old metal detector used at Warren County Courthouse, the town will have to buy it on govdeals.com. That was the determination made last week by the county’s Building and Grounds Committee.
Ryan J. Moore, Morrison municipal judge, attended the Building and Grounds meeting on behalf of the town of Morrison to ask for the metal detector recently replaced at the courthouse. The metal detector was replaced because it only scanned midway down the leg. The replacement scans the full body length.
Due to regulations, the county is unable to give away any piece of equipment. Said committee chairman Carl Edward Bouldin, “We’d give it to you in a heartbeat, but we’ve got to go through govdeals.”
Governments cannot give away property because that would show favoritism. By placing the metal detector on the govdeals website, it will go to the highest bidder.
“I understand. We appreciate the consideration,” said Moore.
The committee then addressed a piece of property on Catherine Street that has been a source of complaints from nearby residents because of the condition of the yard.
The home is condemned, having been used as a meth lab. It is currently owned by a mortgage company in California. It has not been mowed in several years, with considerable brush and sizeable saplings creating an eyesore.
Three bids were received to clear the property, with the lowest from Scotty Keel at $300. The committee voted 5-0 to have the property cleaned as soon as possible.
The county will be placing a lien on the home so in the event the property ever sells, the money can be recouped.
The next order of business was to address bids received for sealing of the rear of the county administrative building and the parking area of the jail.
Only one bid was received on each job with Larry Gooch quoting $3,600 for the administrative building and $1,600 for the jail parking area. The committee voted 5-0 to accept both bids.
The committee voted unanimously to install a camera and audio recorder in the Clerk and Master’s office.
Committee members Bouldin, Carolyn Miller, David Rhea, Kenny Roberts and Michael Shane Wilcher each voted in favor of installing a soundproof wall in the office shared by Veterans Service officer Ernest Brewington and Building Codes/ Environmental Department director Nolan Ming.
No other office is available at the administrative building, making it necessary for the two to share an office. Due to the confidential nature of the business of the Veterans Service office, the soundproof wall will provide the needed privacy.
The next order of business was a 5-0 vote to approve acceptance of bids for cleaning the carpet in the genealogy office. Said Bouldin, “They have a lot of visitors there and I think it needs to look as good as it can.”
The last item of business was to adopt a system using work orders when maintenance work is needed in county buildings. This is intended to streamline the process for county maintenance supervisor Greg Bowdoin.
The committee voted 5-0 to implement the use of work orders.