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More courthouse security upgrades set for approval

The Beaufort County Council is expected to vote today on a contract to install more than $90,000 in additional security upgrades at the County Courthouse in Beaufort.

The county's Public Facilities Committee has recommended that the council approve a $94,046 contract with Technology Solutions of Charleston to install surveillance cameras, a new public address system and other security upgrades.

The firm was the only bidder before the March 16 deadline, according to county records. Its bid was about $25,000 less than the county's estimate. The County Council is scheduled to vote today on the contract at its meeting in the Hilton Head Island library, said Suzanne Larson, county spokeswoman.

Technology Solutions of Charleston is the same firm tapped by the county more than a year ago to complete the first phase of courthouse security upgrades. For $138,000, the firm installed more than 40 surveillance cameras and built a command center inside one of the former law libraries to allow sheriff's deputies to monitor activity inside and outside the building.

The security upgrades were installed after S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal urged counties statewide to improve courthouse security.

The second phase is expected to begin later this spring, according to Rob McFee, director of the county's engineering division. Both phases are being paid for from a pair of county capital improvement projects fund, according to county records.

IF YOU GO:

Who: Beaufort County Council

What: Regularly scheduled meeting

When: 4 p.m. today

Where: Hilton Head Island library, 11 Beach City Road

On the Web: bcgov.net

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