PARKERSBURG - Three bids for additional security equipment at Wood County judicial facilities were turned over to the sheriff's department for review and recommendation.
The county commissioners on Monday opened bids from Electronics Specialty Co. of Dunbar for $14,873; Advanced Alarm Technologies of Parkersburg for $18,500 and Miller Communications of Parkersburg for $11,324.
The commissioners referred the bids to the sheriff's department security officers for review and recommendation. No date was given for the recommendation.
Toni Tiano, county grant coordinator, said a $33,000 West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services grant has been awarded to help address security concerns, some of which were raised during a visit from Supreme Court officials in discussions with court security and elected officials.
"They looked over everything and sent back an audit report. From that we figured out what would be needed. They wanted to make sure, in any grant applications, that we addressed their concerns first, then we could request any additional items local officials felt were needed," Tiano said.
The items put out for bid included additional security cameras and replacement of older analog security cameras at the Shaver Judicial Annex, bullet-proof furnishings for some areas of the Judge Black Courthouse Annex and a voice intercom system for the magistrate court clerk's office.
No match is required for the grant.
"This will make the buildings safer for the general public as well as the employees who work there," Tiano 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.