Metro-East News

County building commission approves juvenile detention center ADA improvements

St. Clair County Public Building Commission members on Thursday approved upgrades at the county’s juvenile detention center.

The estimated $254,000 worth of work, to be carried out and coordinated by IMPACT Strategies, is needed to bring the Juvenile Detention Center and Juvenile Probation Office in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, according to PBC documents.

Dollar amounts for the work will be finalized after bids come in, said St. Clair County Buildings Director Jim Brede.

Work includes providing handicap parking spaces, additional sidewalks, and making restroom improvements including adding grab bars in restrooms, adding doors that are easier to open, and toilet seats that are slightly lower to the ground.

Money was not in the PBC budget, but money is coming from a lawsuit award the county received several months ago, said St. Clair County Administrator Debra Moore.

Brede said the county has an agreement with the federal government to bring the detention center up to ADA standards over time as money becomes available.

Brede added these upgrades should be completed by the end of the year.

Other items

▪  Airport public relations: Commissioners approved a new agreement with the Hauser Group to provide public relations assistance at MidAmerica Airport.

The St. Louis-based Hauser Group already provides media relations assistance to promote new initiatives and milestones at the airport, such as announcements of new Allegiant Air routes.

MidAmerica would pay the Hauser group $100 per hour through December. In January, the rate goes up to $105 per hour.

The proposed contract is not to exceed $30,000 a year, and is proposed to run from August through July 2018. The agreement may be extended for up to an additional two years.

“They do a very good job for us,” said PBC Chairman Richard Sauget.

▪  Emergency repair: On June 15, a bank of air conditioning compressors at MidAmerica failed.

Another failure would have left the airport without the ability to sufficiently cool the building during high passenger times, according to airport documents.

The airport paid Integrated Facility Services $21,787 to carry out an emergency repair, and the public building commissioners on Thursday to ratified the expense.

▪  Property purchase: Commissioners approved a purchase of a rental property at 502 N. Fifth St. in Belleville for its appraised value of $24,000, plus transaction costs.

Brede said the PBC would tear down the house in order to create more room for parking near to the St. Clair County Jail.

“The owner contacted the county about getting rid of the rental property,” Brede said. “We need more public parking down over there.”

▪  New building maintenance software: Commissioners approved a purchase of a maintenance management system that will help with security, generating work orders, maintenance reminders and capital project planning, among other things at county buildings.

Commissioners approved working with eMaint for $24,500 the first year, with a $12,000 annual fee in following years, according to PBC documents.

Commissioners also approved spending up to $5,000 for any travel costs related to installation.