Court move to police station costing $45,000

Sean C. Morgan

The City Council last week approved a $45,000 plan to move the Sweet Home Municipal Court to the Sweet Home Police Department.

The council voted 7-0 to pay six companies to complete the work.

On May 2, the council authorized the relocation of the Municipal Court, which is located in the City Hall Annex behind City Hall. The annex is a modular building moved there to house the Police Department after it was flooded in the City Hall basement in 1996.

Following completion of the current Police Department building in 2001, the City Council chamber and the Municipal Court moved into the modular building, freeing up space in City Hall to move the Public Works Director into City Hall and expand the planning office.

“The relocation of the Municipal Court will result in a number of modifications to the existing Police Services building,” Lynn said. Those modifications will include the removal and relocation of several cabinets, the installation of two doors and the installation of protective glass for both the dispatch center and court office, computer network assistance, moving the current communications system, upgrading the surveillance camera system and installing new carpet in three rooms.

The total cost is $45,002.83, including a 10-percent contingency for potentially unforeseen costs, Lynn said. The council authorized $4,114.76 to AK Carpet & More; $10,182 to Empower Digital; $5,770 to Day Wireless; $620 to Cascade Computer; $4,998 to Benton Electric; and $12,120 to McCubbins Quality Homes.

Lynn sought quotes from multiple companies where he could, but three were single quotes, he said. They included Empower Digital, Day Wireless and Benton Electric.

“Empower Digital handles all of our video monitoring, audio and video,” Lynn said. “They’re actually our existing provider for that service. We reached out to one other company; however, they had no experience in audio recording. This quote also includes fixing the skate park camera and a new server associated with all of that to get it back online.

“Day Wireless also is a single quote. They are our current company that provides contract services for all of our communication. They installed when the building was there, and they’ve maintained it since. Also Benton Electric, I’ll point out, for any electricity work and building access work, they were the company that installed the system, and they’ll be the ones that’ll be able to modify it.”

Funding for the project will come from the city’s building reserve fund.

Present at the meeting were councilors James Goble, Ryan Underwood, Greg Mahler, Mayor Jim Gourley, Dave Trask, Jeff Goodwin and Diane Gerson.

In other business, the council:

n Ratified a three-year contract with its general employees, which includes all city employees except those who work for the Police Department. Police Department employees are currently bargaining with the city.

The general employees contract includes a 2.5-percent wage increase effective July 1, 2016. They will receive raises of 2.5 percent on July 1, 2017 and again on July 1, 2018.

Employees who have worked for the city for eight years receive “longevity merit pay.” In this contract, longevity pay increases from 1 percent to 2 percent.

The contract eliminates provisions for health savings accounts and requires the city to pay 95 percent of insurance premiums for employees and their families.

n Held the first reading of an ordinance revision to change the council’s regular meeting time to 6:30 p.m. from 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. The council must hold a second and third reading before voting whether to adopt the ordinance. It will hold its second reading on Sept. 27 and the third on Oct. 11.