COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Courthouse security in Branch County remains an issue. The main entrance to the building has been staffed with a security officer only part time, at best, sometimes not at all, since January First, when drastic cuts took hold at the Sheriff’s Department. County Commissioners were told yesterday that right now, no grant monies appears to be available from agencies like Homeland Security, to help alleviate the problem.
County Administrator Bud Norman said his meetings this week with the various departments heads as well as the courts to examine their expenditures and revenues relative to possible optional funding sources to address the security situation failed to produce any viable solutions. According to Norman, the annual cost for security officer staffing at the courthouse entrance would range between $28,000 and $45,000. Norman said his office will continue to investigate the matter including the cost and scope of courthouse security in counties of comparable size to Branch County