The new Buffalo/ Johnson County Criminal Justice Center will be getting new acoustic panels in some offices and the dispatch center, after the county commissioners approved a contract to supply the materials and install them at their meeting last week.
The architects of the building and the commissioners were aware that the design of the building may require some sort of sound dampening materials to be installed in some areas of the new building, but were not sure that they would be needed, and if so, how much material it would require.
The decision on whether to install the panels was put off until the police and sheriff's office actually moved into the building.
Sheriff Steve Kozisek told the commissioners about what may turn out to be a cost-saving measure for the county.
GSG Engineers, who were working on the original project, initially estimated it would cost around $24,000 to purchase and install the panels, but the new bid is for $8,220, a bare-minimum bid for panels. More panels may need to be purchased, according to Kozisek.
The commissioners approved the contract, but if more panels are needed, the sheriff will need to approach the commission with a request for additional funding.
Money for the project will come from the Justice Center Account.