Budget Request 2019-2020
Detailed Decision Package


Municipal Court
Safety and Operational Improvements to the Municipal Court
A one-time request for:
  • Courtroom Audio and Video System
  • Secure Inner Office – Solid Wall and Window for Transactions
  • Security Cameras
  • Paint and Carpeting
Background
The Municipal Court has been in the current location since 2011. There have been limited improvements to the court since that time. Work is needed to improve the efficiency of the operation, the safety of the staff and professionalism of the court.
Current situation
The Municipal Court does not have an audio video system to record court sessions. Staff work in the building five days a week and it is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We have two people working in the building most days, but some days it is only one person. The walls between staff and the public are not solid walls and the counter for taking transactions is open. It would be very easy for someone to go through the wall or over the counter. The carpet and paint is old. They accept payments for fines and we have no security cameras. We have had vandalism on the grounds.
Proposed solution
Install a Courtroom Audio Video System. This would:
  • Record all Court Sessions – improve the records and have the ability to review cases after the fact.
  • System has headset to accommodate the hearing impaired.
  • Enable the use of interpreters in short notice, as they do not have to be onsite
Install solid walls and window for transactions to improve the safety of the employees.
Install security Cameras inside the court and around the exterior of the building.
Replace paint and carpet.
Expenditure Calculations and Assumptions