Routt County Commissioners approved the purchase of a new security system for county buildings in downtown Steamboat Springs on Tuesday, April 12, with a price tag exceeding $425,000.
The county has explored security upgrades since before the pandemic, but like many things, the effort was put on hold in early 2020. Commissioners returned to the issue last year and were presented with designs potential for the new system in October.
Upgrades will add cameras to building exteriors, entrances, and interior hallways. It will also increase the number of duress or panic buttons in buildings and add key card locks to exterior doors and some interior doors.
County facilities manager Steve Faulkner said other than seeing a camera in the hallway and an additional device on some doors, the public shouldn’t feel much difference between what’s in place now and the updates. level.
“Along with cameras, card readers and panic buttons, those three things really give us the basic level of security that we’re looking for,” Faulkner said.
The contract commissioners approved on Tuesday are with Denver-based TeamLINX and will cover system equipment and installation in the historic Routt County Courthouse, the ancillary buildings behind it, and the new Health and Welfare Building. social services across the street.
Faulkner said installation of the system on the courthouse and ancillary buildings would begin in June, and work on the HHS building currently under construction would be incorporated into the current plan with the general contractor.
Although not common, incidents have occurred in the past, such as people angry that the county did not select their bid or others who were angry with various departments.
“In a perfect world, I wish we didn’t have to do this,” Commissioner Tim Corrigan said. “But we don’t live in a perfect world, and I think as long as that provides security and confidence for our staff, that’s something we need to do.”
Each exterior door will receive a card reader with the exception of the historic courthouse main door. All public doors would remain unlocked during opening hours, but would require a key card for after-hours entry.
Some departments such as Elections and the County Treasurer will also have a card reader on their office door. Faulkner said the county stopped short of adding them to each department because it would add nearly an additional $180,000 to the cost of the system. He said that this part could be updated later.
The system could also facilitate community use of certain county spaces. Rather than having to give out actual keys to use these spaces — which were often missing — the new system will allow the county to issue a temporary access card to local nonprofits and other groups who use spaces. like the commissioner’s hearing room.
Eight companies came to the county to browse the space before bidding on the project, but the county only received one full bid. However, the purchasing director, Julie Kennedy, said she was confident in her choice.
“When you get into the whole design, we did a lot of value engineering,” Kennedy said. “We all chose this (system) as our No. 1 choice.”
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