The Clarksville Town Court gets some interesting guests from time to time, and town officials want to make sure things don’t get too exciting.
The town council voted Monday to enter two contracts to upgrade the physical security of the town hall. The town signed an agreement with Clarksville-based Northside Security to install cameras in the building and automatic locks on about 12 entrance and maintenance doors, with a not-to-exceed amount of $50,000. Council President Bob Polston said the actual cost of the contract is expected to be about half that.
“If we didn’t do something, we’d be kicking it down the road again,” Polston said. “I know it’s been talked about for at least 10, 15 years.”
A bailiff oversees security during court proceedings, and reserve officers are sometimes on hand to augment security when there are large numbers of inmates being transported to and from jail, said Clarksville Police Chief Mark Palmer. The security upgrades will help to monitor and control the security of the building, he said.
“We’ve had people [set for transport to jail] run out of the court room, either trying to get to the parking lot or running into the town hall itself trying to get away from the bailiff,” Palmer said. “We’ve had domestic situations break out.”
The cameras will be positioned to observe all entrances into the building, the lobbies and the entranceways to individual offices, Palmer said.
Additionally, the council approved a contract for $9,400 with Wolf Glass, New Albany, to install security glass in the entrances to interior offices in the building.
The contractors will begin installing the new security elements within the next week, Palmer said.
Metal detectors were considered by the council, but were not acted upon, Polston said. He added that they will be considered again “down the road.”
“It could be several years before that happens,” Polston said.
The town council named a street near the Clarksville Little League Park and the new Renaissance Academy “Wolverton Way.”
Wolverton Way is named for Dr. George and Betty Wolverton, said Councilman Bob Popp, who added it was an honor to name the street for “two Clarksville legends.”
The Wolverton family was on hand to observe the occasion, and the town council presented the family members with a replica of the sign that will mark the street.
Dr. George Wolverton was a doctor who practiced medicine in Clarksville for 57 years, and served many years as the team physician for the Clarksville High School boys’ basketball and football teams. Betty Wolverton served 12 years on the Clarksville Community Schools board of trustees, and also was the co-chairman of the Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center and vice president of the Clarksville Riverfront Foundation.
“Doc and Betty lived joyful, loving, generous and service-oriented lives, and our community is better for their contributions,” said Clarksville Redevelopment Director Nick Lawrence.
The town council selected Greg Isgrigg to replace Nancy Kraft as its representative on the Clark-Floyd Counties Convention & Tourism Bureau.
The vote was 4-0 with two abstentions. Polston, Popp, Paul Kraft and Don Tetley voted for Isgrigg’s appointment, while Tim Hauber and John Gilkey abstained. Paul Fetter was absent from the meeting.
Hauber had nominated Gilkey, who is retiring from his full-time job at the tourism bureau at the end of August.
Isgrigg is a past president of the town council.