The original Sheridan County Courthouse was built in 1904. The expansion in the early 1980’s more than doubled the size of the building. However, very little has been done with the building since that time. There have been some renovations to the first and second floors of the expansion. That work was completed earlier this year. Now the County is looking to update the building further. Sheridan County Commission Chairman Bob Rolston says they will spend over $100,000 on security upgrades to the facility.
The project will provide a video surveillance system and some of the current courthouse entrances will be closed to the public and a keyless entry system installed for employees.
The project is based on the results of a security audit conducted by the United States Marshal Service in 2007.
Commissioners also voted to ask the State for $5,000 to help with an efficiency study for the heating and cooling system of the old courthouse section. That portion of the building still uses the decades-old system, and there may be Federal grants available to cover the cost of upgrading it.