Commissioners hear about courthouse security


The Switzerland County Commissioners met on Monday April 17th for their regular monthly meeting.

Items discussed at the meeting included the continuation of discussions involving the implementation of security measures for the Switzerland County Courthouse.

Sheriff Nathan Hughes updated the Commissioners on the matter of courthouse security. If the new security system is put in place, there may be two special deputies working part time at a cost of $44,000-$50,000 a year, plus $17,000 for training, materials, guns, cameras, and wands to scan everyone coming into the courthouse.

No decision was made at the meeting.


In other matters discussed by the Commissioners:

– Elyssa Haskell, Hummel Insurance, presented the annual renewal policy for the commissioners to review. Items in the policy that were discussed included: earthquake insurance, terrorism, and jail inspection. The topic was tabled and will be addressed on Wednesday April 19th, at a special meeting.

– Commissioner Josh South asked for an update on the trash at a residence on Tapps Ridge. County Building Inspector Mark Archer reported that about half of the trash has been removed from the property. South instructed Archer to call a contractor to hire to clean up the property and the bill will be given to the property owner, according to the new ordinance.

– Bids were opened for the repair of Bridge #26 on Log Lick Road, but the issue was tabled until the special meeting on Wednesday night due to the fact that all commissioners were not present. There was a large difference in the amount of the bids as follows:

• McAlister Excavating: $76,500

• Joe Parham: $119,000

• Angel Excavating: $44,900

The commissioners also tabled awarding the bids for engineering of Bridges #35 and #8.

– The request from the Nurse Managed Clinic to strip and wax the floor was approved. FMS Commercial Cleaning will do the floors for the amount of $550.

– Rosemary Bovard