Committee recommends $1 million list of projects

Digital evidence system, van for meal delivery among capital improvements that made the cut
By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press staff

Ozaukee County’s Executive Committee this week recommended completing more than $1 million in capital improvement projects this year, including  a digital evidence storage system for the Sheriff’s Office and a nutrition program van to deliver meals to homebound seniors.

The items were among 11 totaling $1.03 million that the County Board will vote on Wednesday, April 10.

Recommended items were:

• Digital evidence storage system for crimes that include child pornography and cyber crimes, which currently require investigators to travel to Milwaukee to access — $31,000.

• Nutrition program van for meal delivery to help meet increasing demand —  $55,000.

• Register of Deeds Office digital indexing of records, which are unsearchable until  the project is completed — $110,000.

• Jury room remodel, combining two  rooms into one, adding a kitchenette and lockers — $45,000.

• Exterior lighting at Justice Center and Highway Department to enhance safety and efficiency — $77,000.

• Chiller replacement for Administration Center to replace a 27-year-old chiller in constant need of repair — $43,000.

• Dispatch upgrades in the Sheriff’s Office to add workstations and relocate break room — $60,000.

• Security upgrades to Public Safety Network to correct deficiencies in accessing state systems — $36,000.

• County Board Room technology upgrade to improve audio, video and voting systems — $44,000. 

• Covered Bridge Park bathroom near Cedarburg, including open air picnic shelter and storage area — $185,000.

• Countywide phone system update —$346,000.

Twenty-two one-time projects, costing more than $2.6 million, were proposed by department heads and their oversight committees.

Funds for the projects came from 2018 budget surpluses, debt service funds and new construction property tax revenue.

Projects were scored and prioritized by county staff on the basis of their financial return, long-term savings and affect on delivery of services and operational efficiencies.

Projects not funded included $350,000 for a multi-purpose building and campground at Hawthorne Hills, $175,000 for a bathroom at Lions Den Gorge, $575,000 to repave portions of the Interurban Trail, $20,000 to study the feasibility of an on-site pharmacy in the Health and Human Services Dept. and $129,700 to upgrade elevators at the Lasata Care Center. 

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