Butte County Commission approves security upgrades for administration building

March 9, 2019

BELLE FOURCHE — The Butte County Commission approved a $44,738.27 estimate to move forward with security upgrades to its administration building a few blocks north of the county courthouse in Belle Fourche.

The discussion has been ongoing since the beginning of February.

The project involves the replacement of the building’s two exterior doors and the addition of access control panels with monitoring and control capabilities wired to the sheriff’s office in the courthouse. Additionally, the quote includes the installation of cameras and all the wiring and connectivity required to operate the door and camera systems.

Sheriff Fred Lamphere recommended that the commission commence with the upgrades.

“I think it’s very important that it gets addressed,” he said

Lamphere said the quote is from Architectural Specialties, LLC, whose main office is in Beulah, Wyo., who has performed the security upgrades to the courthouse that have been ongoing for approximately the last two years.

“They’ve been a good company to work with,” he said.

Having the capability to have eyes on what is going on in the administrative building will be a positive thing, Lamphere said.

“I know there’s a high sense of vulnerability there,” he said of the staff at the administrative building. “It’s not going to deter bad people with a bad idea, but it’s going to hold more people accountable for the opportunistic events that occur.”

The project was not budgeted for in the 2019 budget, and the building line item within the general fund will need to be supplemented.

The commission unanimously voted to move forward with the project, which will begin when the weather permits.

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