By RICK HAYES
---- — MT. VERNON — Jefferson County’s Public Safety Committee approved a bid of $113,610 to upgrade the security system at the Jefferson County Justice Center.
The only bid received and accepted was from Security Automation Systems, based out of Indianapolis.
Major Scott Burge of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said the updated software system, which will contain a server rather than desktop computers, will operate the 108 cameras in the jail, all recording devices and electronic doors.
Funding for the updates will be paid from the jail’s Commissary Fund — items purchased from inmates — and will not come out of the county’s General Corporate Fund. Burge noted the outdoor rec area to the east of the Justice Center was paid for through the same fund.
Justice Center officials were able to make a $44,000 down payment on the new system and the remaining lease/purchase agreement will be spread out over a three-year period. Burge estimated the county can make an approximate $1,100 monthly payment until the debt has been retired.
The bid was accepted on a 4-1 vote, with Jim Laird voting in opposition. Laird said he was “little uncomfortable” with the bid, given the county’s financial situation.
During the Highway Committee, Highway Engineer Brandon Simmons was given approval to hire two seasonal employees during the summer months, with the understanding the employees would not work more than 1,000 hours.
Committee members also approved the purchase of a 2016 International 7400 dump truck at a cost not to exceed $130,000. Simmons said the first payment would not be due until delivery, which is expected to take up to six months. Simmons added the county would make $44,000 in annual payments until the truck is paid. The truck is being purchased through the state bid contract from Monroe Truck Equipment, Inc.
Gateway FS was awarded the monthly fuel bid of $3.136 for bio-diesel and $3.074 for gasohol.
Simmons updated the committee on 2014 projects, noting bid lettings will be held this month for the Log Cabin Lane Bridge, Falcon Lane Bridge, the Dubois Road pavement preservation project and Program Lane Bridge. A June letting will be held in June for Panzier Lane Bridge and Burbank Road railroad crossing upgrade and Stratton Road extension projects will be let some time this year.