County seeks to secure buildings

January 26, 2017

By John Raffel

The committee with the long name in Osceola County met again on January 19 and continues to make progress, said chairman Mark Gregory.

He’s among two county commissioners, along with Jack Nehmer of Marion and Roger Elkins of Evart who are on what officially is called the Building, Technology & Economic Development /Public Safety/Health and Human services committee.

At a committee meeting earlier in January, the board listed ideas and processes that undersheriff Justin Halladay said he is familiar with to enhance security measures in the county building. The commissioners discussed employee training, plus use of planned and unplanned drills to review training effectiveness, developing a list of various safe places employees and visitors could go in the county buildings in case of emergency.

Last week’s meeting focuses especially on the annex building, Gregory indicated. The committee continues to work with Landmark Design.

“We’re trying to figure out how best to utilize that space,” Gregory said. “We’re waiting for Landmark to bring back a feasibility study and some conceptual designs, and stuff like that.”

A major issue that will dictate exactly what the costs will be and how it will be funded.

“The biggest thing we’re looking on using part of that space is for storage and a secure entrance for the court facility,” Gregory said adding that metal detectors are being looked at by the committee for both the courthouse and annex building.
Everything is still in the ‘’beginning” phases, Gregory indicated.

“It could be another year before we do anything,” he said.

The next committee meeting is set for Feb. 7.

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