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The Suburbanite
  • Stark County treasurer upgrading office for better security

  • On Monday, County Commissioners approved a plan for I.T.S. Construction to build a front entrance area to the treasurer's office, inside the county building at 110 Central Plaza S.
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  • The Stark County Treasurer office will get a little safer for employees.
    On Monday, County Commissioners approved a plan for I.T.S. Construction to build a front entrance area to the treasurer's office, inside the county building at 110 Central Plaza S.
    "It provides increased security," explained Treasurer Alex Zumbar.
    The work includes adding a bulkhead from the ceiling, which will make it easier to install bulletproof glass in the future; elevating a counter area, so customers can't reach the drawer where money is kept; and adding bulletproof plating to the front of an existing counter.
    The $49,400 expense was approved — with a caveat.
    Commissioner Janet Weir Creighton said the work had already begun. She asked County Administrator Brant Luther to make it clear to all county office holders and department heads that any building modifications, no matter how minor, must first be approved by commissioners.
    Also Monday, commissioners:
    • Earmarked $1.8 million from this year's criminal justice fund sales tax money for roof replacement at the jail. County officials are still waiting for a more definitive cost estimate.
    • Earmarked $900,000 of this year's general fund for renovation of the Cohen-Joliet Building, the future home of the Board of Elections. A contract for the work could be awarded next week.
    • Earmarked $600,000 of this year's general fund for renovation and repairs of the county parking garage.
    Reach Tim at 330-580-8333
    On Twitter: @tbotosREP