Security systems will be replaced at the Anoka County Secure and Regional juvenile centers in Lino Lakes.
The Anoka County Board May 28 approved a design through construction administration contract with Ericksen Ellison & Associates, New Brighton, in the amount of $46,500 plus a contingency of $5,000.
The existing systems were installed when the facilities were built in the mid-1990s and have reached the end of their useful life, according to Dylan Warkentin, county corrections department director.
It is now difficult to obtain parts when they need to be replaced, Warkentin said.
A mandated audit in 2017 showed that the juvenile facilities needed to address camera blind spots to enhance supervision and that the existing equipment was obsolete, according to Todd Benjamin, superintendent.
The existing systems are analog and the replacements will be digital with enhanced cameras to cover all areas of the facilities and integrate with the control panel at each center to operate door locks, Warkentin said.
“The hope is to have the new systems up and running by January 2020,” he said.
The county juvenile center project will be funded through the county building fund, while the work at the regional facility will be paid for from its own building account, to which Anoka County and the eight other counties that send offenders to the facility through a joint powers agreement contribute, according to Warkentin.
There are 50 beds at the county juvenile center with an average occupancy rate of 35, while the regional facility has 36 beds, Warkentin said.