SIOUX CITY | A new Woodbury County Courthouse security plan being implemented in the summer no longer will contain a camera system.

The Woodbury County Board on Tuesday scaled back the security plan that previously had been adopted by the board in January, as recommended by the County Courthouse Security Committee.

County Board Chairman George Boykin said the change was needed because the roughly $100,000 price tag for nine cameras and associated technology was too great.

The $250,000 security plan is scheduled to be implemented after July 1 with the beginning of the new fiscal year. Boykin said the cameras will have to wait until at least July 2015, two fiscal years away.

Boykin said delaying the cameras won't make the courthouse less secure.

"We can make do with what we are starting with now," he said.

County officials, including Attorney P.J. Jennings, have sought security improvements for several years. The 1918 courthouse, at 620 Douglas St., contains both courtrooms and offices. It has never had a comprehensive security system.

Other aspects of the security plan include blocking off the west entrance and allowing entry only from the north doors, as well as staffing a security scanner at the north entrance.

Sheriff Dave Drew said four employees will work near the scanner. He said a sergeant will lead the team, while a rotating crew of about nine part-time personnel will fill the other three positions.

"Most importantly, let's get this started with the bodies," Drew said.


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