Jail locks up funding for DVR upgrade

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County supervisors on Monday moved to free up $251,000 in capital project funding to allow for a planned upgrade of the county jail’s digital video recording system this year.

The Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee voted at the County Office Building to transfer the funding from a 2014 capital projects account to the jail capital equipment account.

Sheriff Thomas Lorey told the committee that Black Creek Integrated Systems Inc. of Irondale, Ala. – the correctional facility’s security and booking provider – is the vendor for this project upgrade. The firm has been the sole company serving the security needs of the Route 29-Harrison Street facility since it opened in the early 1990s.

Funds were established in the 2014 capital projects account for the upgrade to the jail’s digital video recording system.

“As you know, that’s the system that keeps watch on things [at the jail] 24-7,” Lorey stated.

Lorey said the current DVR system’s technology is outdated. He said the operating system is not compatible with software updates that will be necessary when the aging jail touch-screen computers require replacement. Also, he said any major system component failure is essentially unserviceable.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead said in reality, this project in the capital plan will involve more than just the swapping out of DVR equipment. He said it will also entail taking out some of the touch-screen terminals.

County Sheriff’s Department Capt. David Curtis, jail administrator, said much of the jail technology is being updated out of necessity.

“Right now, the current equipment we have is unserviceable,” he said.

Basically, he said, the county will be upgrading the Black Creek security system and replacing some key elements.