MOULTRIE — Colquitt County Commission will consider tonight spending requests for evidence equipment for a new courtroom, 911 radios, and soil removal at the decades-old cleanup at the former Bridgeport Brass facility.

The courtroom bid of $15,885 includes video and sound equipment for the presentation of evidence. This includes a custom media lectern at a cost of $1,910, video scaler at $1,396, ceiling speaker at $1,058 and computer processor at $1,005, and $4,500 for labor and materials to integrate the audio-video equipment.

The county is nearing completion of the Colquitt County Courthouse Annex courtroom, which will give the court system a total of three. Furnishings already have been ordered and commissioners could vote next month on metal detectors for the facility.

The courtrooms are used by Juvenile, Magistrate, Probate, State and Superior courts. The other courtrooms are located at Colquitt County Courthouse and the Colquitt County Justice Center on Veterans Parkway.

With the number of court cases disposed of in the county each year the additional courtroom is needed, said Tim Hendrick, circuit court administrator.

In 2007, the last year for which he had figures available, Hendrick said that there were 5,682 civil cases initiated in Magistrate, Probate, State and Superior courts in the county. That same year there were 8,806 criminal cases initiated in Juvenile, Magistrate, State and Superior courts.

Not all of those cases went to trial, he said.

The number of cases and needs of the various courts sometimes can cause delays, Hendrick said.

“We worked around the best we could,” he said. “Sometimes we had to put some things off, sometimes we didn’t. As far as courtroom requests, as far as trial week, and court business, we just need another room to hold court. There’s a need.

“It really is going to be a great asset for the citizens.”

The estimated cost of the 15,000 square foot facility on the bottom floor of the annex building is $737,000. It includes a courtroom, judge’s chambers, three inmate holding cells, two hearing rooms and a conference room.

Funds for the renovation project are coming from proceeds of the 1999 special purpose local option sales tax approved by county voters. The tax was earmarked for courthouse renovation and construction and furnishing the annex.

At Bridgeport Brass, the need to haul out additional dirt means an increase in the price tag, County Administrator Bryan Shuler said Monday.

The original contract called for the hauling away and disposal of 5,500 tons of dirt, and through Thursday 5,579 tons have been removed from the site of the facility that operated from 1959 to the early 1980s.

The proposal that commissioners will consider tonight is for the removal and disposal of up to an additional 2,000 tons of dirt at a cost of $84,840. The city of Moultrie would pay half of that cost.

Soil at former holding ponds at the site contained elevated levels of copper and nickel, and state efforts at remediation date back to 1993.

The cleanup plan approved by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division requires removing contaminated soil to a Subtitle D landfill facility and returning grading at the site to the same levels as before Bridgeport began operations.

The county and city are sharing costs, which prior to the additional hauling were estimated at $315,000. The city spent about $1 million on the project before the county became involved.

Shuler said the cleanup could be completed around June. Heavy rainfall last year delayed the dirt-moving work.

The third spending request commissioner will consider is $189,686 to replace seven radio stations for the 911 system and the associated hardware. The bid was the lowest that met project specifications, according to the county’s purchasing department.

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