In addition, Gilmore said part two would address life-safety issues, such as adding an emergency egress from the upper floors to the rooftops, add an enclosed fire escape to the northwest side of the building and add exit signage and emergency illumination at all exit ways. The cost of these items would be $30,000.
The final part would address an estimated $65,000-worth of historical preservation and facility needs, such as:
• Adding seven historically accurate light fixtures that would provide better lighting in corridors and landings. Gilmore said the current lighting is dim and the areas are dark.
• Update technology in the district courtroom, to include large LED monitors so visitors sitting in the back can see. He said there is equipment that would allow the court to arraign those in jail custody remotely, making a quicker arraignment process. Gilmore also noted that the courtroom offers no hearing assistance, which comes under handicap accessibility.
• Relocating the janitorial areas, if this is the step commissioner want to take, instead of moving electrical panels.
All totaled, addressing the proposed items would cost around $395,000, but Gilmore maintained the figure is high because he likes to avoid having to come back later with a higher bill.
With commissioners' approval to go forward, the next step after Level 5's evaluation and electrical audit would be to draw up a set of engineered documents and plans for bidding.
Commissioners voted unanimously to approve allowing Level 5 to move ahead with bid documents.