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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Courtroom to get upgrades in January

The courtroom at the Cottonwood County Courthouse will get some much-needed upgrades fairly soon.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Cottonwood County Commissioners approved a proposal to upgrade the carpeting in the courtroom and an adjoining conference room.

Court Administrator Sheila Pierson said the project would likely take place in late January, when the courtroom will have an empty stretch due to an anticipated lengthy trial in another county.

The board approved a bid of $9,822.60 from Hammer’s Furniture, which includes a disposal fee.

Pierson also informed the board of planned technology upgrades in the courtroom.

Because many trials are now conducted via interactive TV system, Pierson stated the courtroom needed additional TV screens, which will be wall-mounted. One will be behind the jury box. Another will be in the corner by the doorway and one will be near the judge’s bench. That would allow everyone in the courtroom to be able to see a monitor.

Pierson added that electrical work for the technology project will likely take place before the new carpeting is installed, in order to hide cords under the carpeting.

More on Tuesday’s meeting appears in the Nov. 2 print and e-editions of the Citizen.

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