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$350,000 slated for upgrades at Routt County Jail

Routt County Jail Deputy Dave Schulz monitors surveillance equipment for the command center at the Routt County Jail.

— Upgrades will be done at the Routt County Jail, but it is going to cost more than expected.

The Routt County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved spending as much as $350,000 on security upgrades at the jail. The commissioners originally budgeted $208,000 for the project.

Routt County Facilities Director Tim Winter said the amount originally budgeted was based on the cost of the original cost of the equipment being replaced. New wiring and cameras will cost more than what was budgeted.

"I think this is a good project," Commissioner Doug Monger said. "I think it's something we've been needing to do."

Some of the new equipment will replace things that have been in place since the jail was originally built in 1991.

"The largest dollar amount is to replace the existing video recorders," Winter said.

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A digital video recorder, or DVR, currently is being used to store video from surveillance cameras in the jail. The new system will use a server-based video storage system.

Jail Lt. Michelle Richardson said the new system would make it easier for them to pull video that might need to be used in court. Some high-definition cameras also will be installed, meaning the quality will be better.

Computer software will be upgraded so it can run on current computer operating systems, the jail intercom system will be replaced with a new digital system, and locking systems on the administrative side of the Sheriff's Office will be replaced with a card access system.

Winter said the upgrades will do more than increase safety and security.

"We're also doing it because the system we have is reaching end-of-life or is no longer serviceable," Winter said.

Two companies responded to the county to bid on the project.

CML RW Security out of Erie was the low bidder and was awarded the contract.

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