Bedford County seeks bids for courthouse security work

BEDFORD — Bedford County is seeking contractor bids for its proposed courthouse security upgrades.

Under the plan, the courthouse would install bullet-resistant glass and doors to the probation and domestic relations offices and the sheriff’s security booth.

“We definitely want to protect our employees, protect the citizens of the county that come here,” county Commissioner Josh Lang said. “There are things that we could always do better. I tell people all the time: Let the safety and wellness committee know ways we could improve upon things to increase security.”

“I think we all have to plan for any situation that occurs. You always plan for the worst-case scenario,” he added.

J.R. Barefoot, a member of the Bedford County Planning Commission, recognized the county for taking steps to improve security at Wednesday’s meeting. “I applaud whomever is behind this plan to improve security here,” referencing the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and the church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

According to Lang, the security upgrades would be at no cost to the county and would be paid using the County Commissioners Association of Pennsyl­vania risk control and worker’s compensation insurance as grant money. Through the CCAP insurance program, the county has access to $40,000 for the security upgrades.

The existing office door frames need to be inspected to see if they would support the bullet-resistant doors.

“We hope we find a contractor we feel comfortable with so we can start moving forward in April. That would be the goal,” Lang said.

When asked about installing a metal detector for the courthouse, Lang said the detector is still a topic of discussion.

Bedford County is accepting contractor bids through 10 a.m. March 13. Bids can be submitted to the Bedford County Commissioners Office at 200 S. Juliana St., Suite 301, until 10 a.m. that day.

Mirror Staff Writer Shen Wu Tan is at 946-7457.