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County approves jail security upgrades

The Davison County Jail is about to beef up its security system. The Davison County Commission approved a $17,462.49 purchase of an updated security system at Tuesday's regular meeting in an effort to modernize the overall safety operations at th...

Davison County Sheriff
Davison County Sheriff

The Davison County Jail is about to beef up its security system.

The Davison County Commission approved a $17,462.49 purchase of an updated security system at Tuesday's regular meeting in an effort to modernize the overall safety operations at the jail.

The new system, called Wonderwear 11.0, brings the jail's software up to date and allows the 72-bed jail to upgrade its aging hardware. Along with the software update, the jail will purchase two computers to operate the new system, leaving the existing computers still running on Windows XP.

With jail costs going $236,000 over budget in 2015, including about $100,000 in overtime pay for staff, the five-person board kept its eyes peeled for ways to make the most cost-effective purchase.

While one bid for the security system would have included the two computers, costing the county $19,685.69, the board advised Corrections Administrator Don Radel to buy the computers locally to potentially save a few dollars in the future.

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"I don't want to spend $20,000 to find out this doesn't do what we really want it to do," Commission Chairwoman Brenda Bode said.

So the county board will look to their neighbor just south of the Commission Chambers on North Main Street for the hardware. The commission will buy the two computers through Tech Solutions, potentially saving the county in future expenses due to an existing service contract with the company.

Commissioner Randy Reider agreed with Bode, saying this could be one of the board's opportunities to save some "money and heartache" down the road.

The county jail will also get a control room lock repaired for $2,722.50, which was also approved Tuesday.

Other business

• Approved three variances and two plats for Davison County residents.

• Approved a contract with Minnehaha County Juvenile Detention Center.

• Renewed a malt beverage license for the Kongo Klub, an adult entertainment venue. The renewal was tabled from last week's meeting due to a lack of payment, but the payment was received by the county. The failure to pay for the renewal prior to last week's meeting was caused by a mailing mix up.

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• Approved bills, timesheets and a raffle request from the Davison County Democrats.

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