Stark County commissioners hired companies to provide security and building systems maintenance at the former Frank T. Bow Federal Building Wednesday, as part of their plans to move the county Public Defender’s Office and several common pleas court programs into building this summer.
Stark County commissioners approved two contracts Wednesday as part of their plans to move the county Public Defender’s Office and several common pleas court programs into the former Frank T. Bow Federal Building.
Commissioners hired 1 Nation Security Services for $1,888 to install a perimeter security system at the roughly 80-year-old building.
The Canton company also will provide monitoring for $40 a month. Common Pleas Court judges have agreed to cover the costs of the one-year contract.
Commissioners, who acquired the Bow Building last year for $1 from the federal government, also hired The K Company, which has a Canton office, for $1,580 a month for five months to provide maintenance on the building’s systems such as pumps and boilers. The county Building and Grounds department will pay for the contract through its operating budget.
Neither expense appears to have been included in the financial analysis that commissioners reviewed last year when deciding whether the move would be cost effective.
The financial analysis showed that the county would save roughly $253,000 over 10 years by moving into the Bow Building and selling the county Administration Building, which now houses the public defender’s office.
Officials with the Stark County Regional Planning Commission, which conducted the financial evaluation, said last year that security costs were not included in the estimate because the court had not determined what level of protection it wanted for the building.
Brenda Sarsany of the Regional Planning Commission said Wednesday, when contacted after the meeting, that the analysis accounted for maintenance and cleaning costs, but does not appear to include the building system maintenance cost.