Warrensburg Town Justice Bryan Winslow reviews paperwork Monday Aug. 20 at his desk in the town court offices. Winslow is applying to the state to upgrade court security, as well as raise the court bench — all to meet recommendations of state officials.
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;
• Learned that the town received a $665 donation towards the rehabilitation of the bandstand resulting from Glens Falls National Bank’s recent Community Appreciation Day;
• Authorized Warren County to apply for several state Community Development Block Grants on behalf of Warrensburg;
• Endorsed an application for a grant of about $475,000 from the state Department of Transportation. This “Safe Routes to School grant would pay for construction of 13,000 feet of sidewalks, bicycle rack and a speed indicator sign similar to the one now in place on Library Avenue;
• Heard that the town highway department was completing a project to remove underground fuel tanks at the highway garage and approved purchasing of an above ground tank;
• Approved a payment of $5,159 in Occupancy Tax receipts to reimburse the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Company for advertising expense related to Smoke Eaters Jamboree;
• Approved purchasing of a portion of Mark Brown’s property on the Schroon River Road to meet state regulations for setbacks for the town’s new well near the Cornell Cooperative Extension headquarters;
• Enacted new No Parking zones during major special events held in town, as suggested by Warrensburg Fire Chief Justin Hull. Designated for No Parking zones are one side of Emerson Avenue from Main to King St., the north side of Stewart Farrar Avenue, the north side of Library Avenue from Elm St. to James St., one side of Hackensack Avenue, and both sides of Second Avenue. The town will also be enforcing a full 15 feet on either side of fire hydrants and any vehicle jutting out into the roadway over the white “fog line,” particularly on Main St.