Bid accepted for security cameras

PARKERSBURG – The Wood County Commission on Monday accepted a proposal of $11,324 from Miller Communications of Parkersburg for security enhancements.

Three bids were submitted last week from Electronics Specialty Co., Dunbar for $14,873; Advanced Alarm Technologies, of Parkersburg for $18,500; and Miller’s for $11,324. The commission referred the bids to security officers with the sheriff’s department for review and recommendation.

T.R. Smith, administrative assistant with the sheriff’s office, Monday recommended the commissioners accept the low bid from Miller’s.

“It was reviewed and meets all the specifications,” he said.

Smith said the cost includes installation.

“We will be replacing some of the older analog cameras with digital cameras at the Shaver Judicial Annex, and buying some additional cameras including one for each of the three circuit courtrooms,” Smith said.

A $33,000 grant from the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community was received by the county to help address security concerns with some the funding to be used to purchase and install the cameras. Some of the security issues were raised during an earlier visit by state Supreme Court officials in discussions with court security and elected officials.

Other items included bullet-proof furnishings for areas of the Judge Black Courthouse Annex and a voice intercom system for the magistrate court clerk’s office.

No local funding match is required for the grant.

“This will make the buildings safer for the general public as well as the employees who work there,” Toni Tiano, county grant coordinator, said.

The Judge Black Courthouse Annex houses the family court and prosecutor’s offices. The Shaver Judicial Annex is home to circuit court, circuit clerk’s office, and other court personnel and the Wood County Justice Center houses the magistrate court.