The Vilas County Board's Public Property Committee heard an update on the Vilas County Courthouse at the Tuesday meeting.
Greg Melander, a project manager at The Samuels Group, told the committee the building would be ready to move into on Aug. 24.
"We're in the last couple weeks here of final commissioning, final cleaning and getting everything moved out and ready for you guys to occupy," Melander stated.
Melander also asked the board to approve contingency costs that recently came up.
"As we're nearing the end of phase one we've been able to eliminate any need to tap into construction contingency until today's meeting," Melander explained. "I wanted to bring a couple items to the committee's attention that we're looking to tap into the contingency for."
The first item is in regards to the HPAC, heating/piping/air conditioning, equipment, specifically an air blender.
"The engineer reviewing the submittals insisted on keeping certain pieces of the equipment in the project," Melander said. "One of those pieces is called an air blender; they refuse to sign off on the project without it. As a result, we're looking at about $8,100 coming from the contingency to cover the expense for that equipment."
Melander also brought up electrical equipment.
"The next item I have is in regard to some electrical items that were added ... a total of three CBs ... the crux of those CBs added door access to 38 doors, so it added power and stuff to give you secured entrance to those spaces," he stated. "That vendor's looking at $21,927."
The last item is a custom wall covering on Social Service's wall for a charge of $950.
"That's the extent of what I'm requesting out of the contingency," Melander explained. "We have a value of $94,221 when we started the project ... the total for these requests that I'm bringing forward to you is $37,806 which would relieve us the remaining balance of $56,597.75."
A motion was made and passed to accept all change orders except the custom wall covering in social services.
Courthouse and Circuit Court security
The board approved Per Mar Security Services over Lock and Load for courthouse security after a short discussion.
"For the most part it looked to me like Per Mar was a good option for us ..." chairman Ron DeBruyne stated.
However, committee member Walt Maciag was not so quick to stand behind Per Mar.
"I favor Lock and Load because their person in charge was a former sheriff, understood what that is all about and I would have supported Lock and Load and still do now," he said.
Committee member Carolyn Ritter explained that she supported Per Mar as well, especially because Lock and Load has never done security at a courthouse.
"I think what we have with Per Mar is somebody who has been doing it and the problem that Lock and Load has is this is a new venue that they're going into," Ritter said.
The committee then made a motion to accept Per Mar Security Services with only Maciag voting against the motion.
The committee then discussed the courthouse security and weapons screening plan and approved options for the security personnel at the public entrance and the public entrance weapons screening protocol.
The option chosen for the security personnel at the public entrance was one non-lethally armed contract security officer position. This option was picked over a lethally armed deputy sheriff position.
The option chosen for the public entrance screening protocol was to empty pockets, pass through magnetometer and additional screening with a handheld if necessary, as well as a hand search of bags, briefcases, packages and purses. The other option was similar to option one, except it included an x-ray search of bags, briefcases, packages, and purses.
The committee approved the amended draft.
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