POINT PLEASANT — County officials and staff of the Mason County Sheriff’s Department toured what will be the department’s new home on Wednesday, checking out any last minute details that need wrapped up before moving in.
The final completion date was to be March 1, but as it stands right now, items left to complete are mostly minor, like tinting the outside glass, the installation of phones (including one for the elevator) and computers. There’s also paving to do around part of the building which will wait until the weather improves. By the time these items are completed and the furniture is delivered, it appears the sheriff’s department should be able to move in sometime in April.
Sheriff Greg Powers said the facility provided much more space and the modern amenities and features would allow day-to-day operations to run more smoothly. There are offices for the sheriff, chief deputy and lieutenant in charge of the evidence room. In addition, two deputies will each share one office and, in most cases, one of those deputies will be on the night shift, one on day shift which means it will be as if they have their own office during the time they are on duty.
For dispatchers and personnel, they have a new state-of-the-art high-resolution video surveillance package that allows them to view all angles outside and inside the building. This equipment, which is wired to a DVR that records upon movement being detected, has a low-light lighting system.
There is a handicapped-accessible entrance at the back of the building in an entry where the new elevator rests. The elevator operates on special keys that determines the floor to which you have access. For example, there’s a third-floor apartment the commission is considering renting, and if that happens, that tenant will have an elevator key that only allows them access to the third floor. The remainder of the third floor will also be used for storage.
A portion of the second floor has space utilized by the sheriff’s department as well. Powers said he hopes to use some of that second floor space to offer service training to officers from Mason County. Powers also hopes the department can offer classes, for a fee, to officers serving outside Mason County who require certain training and to maintain their certifications. This will make the space a site for continuing education and to bring in revenue. Another portion of the second floor will be used for courthouse storage. There are also two stairwell exits out of the building, one on the backside of the building, the other facing Main Street.
Mason County Day Report will be moving into the space currently occupied by the sheriff’s department and will be paying $700 a month in rent to the county, utilities included.
The cost of the remodel is around $1.4 million.