WARRENSBURG Town Justice Bryan Winslow will be seeking money to upgrade the local court, and it may not cost the local taxpayers much at all, town officials announced this week.
Winslow has volunteered to draft a grant application to improve court security, and Warrensburg Town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty praised him for the effort at the August Town Board meeting.
Winslow said Aug. 20 he was seeking to boost the court’s security, professionalism and efficiency. He said that a representative of the state Office of Court Administration toured the town court about two months ago and offered suggestions for changes that might be funded through the state Justice Court Assistance Program.
The visiting official suggested elevating the bench so judges’ paperwork couldn’t be viewed by suspects or lawyers, as well as installing a bench railing, plus tables for attorneys trying cases.
Winslow said that he also would be seeking a security window for the court clerk, who now conducts business at an unsecured sliding window. A security door would also be installed in the court offices — it is now a standard door with a plate-glass window.
The grant, if obtained, would also be used to purchase a pair of hand-held scanners to be used to detect weapons.
Panic alarms that automatically alert police would also be installed under desks in the court offices, Winslow said.
“We’re trying to upgrade the court o the standards of the 21st Century,” he said, adding that court clerk Naomi Cooper would be assisting him in preparing the grant application.
An inspection by the state in 2009 suggested further measures, including a stationary metal detector, and constructing a holding room for prisoners.
In other business conducted at the April 8 meeting, the Warrensburg Town Board:
• Heard that the sale of a surplus aging town pickup and firewood at the recent Smoke Eaters Jamboree netted the town $1,010;