County agencies ask for new vehicles, equipment

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County’s latest wish list for capital spending includes new vehicles and computers for various agencies.

County Administrator Mary T. Price presented the proposed capital improvement program for fiscal 2018 to the Board of Supervisor on Tuesday. The board has yet to engage in full discussions about the spending requests as part of the budget deliberations. The program serves as a tool for the board and, while the document lists projects and estimated costs, supervisors ultimately decide whether or not to fund requests as part of the budget.

A new Sheriff’s Office, currently in the design phase, at an estimated cost of $6.9 million, skews the $8.52 million total for all projects listed under the general fund and facilities. Without the Sheriff’s Office, general fund projects total $1.62 million. The Sheriff’s Office requests without the new headquarters still make up 23 percent of the total.

The program includes the following:
• Shenandoah County Circuit Court requests new audio equipment to replace the receiver, wiring and speakers at an estimated cost of $13,500. The clerk recently implemented a digital audio recording system for the recording of court proceedings. The equipment could not connect through the system, installed around 1970, that works only at the judge’s bench and witness stand. The project would integrate the digital recording equipment and replace the amplification system.
• The Sheriff’s Office headquarters calls for the renovation of an existing structure and the addition of new construction on a parcel on North Main Street in Woodstock.
• The Department of Fire and Rescue requests funding to build a garage-style facility to house equipment for training and operations, evidence storage for the fire marshal and to provide bathrooms at the training grounds. The facility is estimated to cost $125,000. The agency also requests funds for a new ambulance, a portion of the cost included in the current budget. The agency also lists the replacement of 34 air cylinders used on air packs by personnel at a cost of $34,000.
• The Department of Emergency Communications asks for funds to replace consoles at an estimated cost of $100,000.
• General Properties requests funds to cover contract labor and equipment needed to paint and repair the barn and other buildings at the county farm in Maurertown at an estimated cost of $20,000.
• The Department of Solid Waste asks for funds to replace a trash compactor expected to cost $23,500; a refurbished excavator at $275,000; and a track loader for $175,000.
• Information Technology requests $22,800 to replace 20 computers throughout county departments. The county operates more than 90 computers and the rotation cycle calls for their replacement every four years.
• The Sheriff’s Office seeks funds to replace the agency’s records management system at a cost of about $84,872, and courthouse security cameras for $25,744.
• The Sheriff’s Office asks for funds to replace six enforcement vehicles at a cost of $291,156, which includes necessary equipment; a transport van for $30,520; and a vehicle for animal control for $44,531.
• Building Code Enforcement asks for $50,400 to cover the cost to replace two of its vehicles.
• The Department of Emergency Communications also wants to replace and upgrade its emergency medical dispatch equipment estimated to cost $134,000. The county expects grant money to cover 80 percent of the cost.
• The Parks and Recreation Department wants to replace a tractor at a cost of $35,000.
• The Shenandoah County Library seeks to replace four circulation workstations at a cost of $5,260.
• The Tourism Department asks for a vehicle dedicated to travel requirements at a cost of $22,162.

The presentation also included capital improvement programs for the county’s two sanitary districts. The proposed spending would be covered by the districts’ enterprise funds.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com