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September 8, 2013

County looks at security and monitoring in detention center

DANVILLE — Vermilion County Board members will vote Tuesday on a new security and monitoring system for the Juvenile Detention Center.

Constructed more than a decade ago, the center located at 150 E. Sager St. has used the same system for security as well as recording activities and events in the rooms, hallways and other locations in the building from the beginning.

Vermilion County Board Chairman Gary Weinard said that system “is literally falling apart,” making the center in immediate need of a new setup.

Weinard said he is approaching the board with the proposal that the issue be deemed an emergency for the center. Under county rules, that would allow officials to circumvent the bidding process and speed up the time used to get a new system installed and running.

“The county has a lot of liability if something were to happen and no visual record of it,” Weinard said in explaining the proposed emergency nature.

He added the county wants to use the company that made the original unit so that when a proposal for the new system is offered, the county “can go ahead, fast track it and get it ordered and get it installed.”

Weinard said the building commission has not put a capital improvements account into place since getting the bond issue to build the juvenile detention center.

As a result, it will be proposed that the money used for the new security/monitoring system come from a recent legal settlement of a 2005 lawsuit with the City of Danville. Weinard said the county received around $112,000 in the settlement — which should cover the price of the new system.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting:

n Board members will hear from a risk manager for Bliss McKnight Insurance, the provider for the county.

Weinard said the risk manager will give board members an update on any liability concerns the county may have with the wind farm policy.

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