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York-Poquoson Courthouse
York-Poquoson Courthouse

A payment of $277,000 will go toward upgrades to the 17-year-old York-Poquoson Courthouse this year, if the York County Board of Supervisors passes the budget as-is this week.

York-Poquoson Sheriff J.D. “Danny” Diggs asked the supervisors to fund the replacement of all of the cameras that monitor each courtroom as well as the lobby, hallways and inmate holding area.

Part of the $277,000 will also be used to replace the equipment that allows deputies to unlock inmates’ holding cell doors with the push of a button in the event the bailiffs do not have the keys in their possession, Diggs said.

Some of the cameras and security equipment is broken, and the entire system was originally installed when the courthouse was built in 1997 and has not been upgraded since then.

“We’ve been putting Band-Aids on this for years,” Diggs said at an April 7 Board of Supervisors meeting, when the county’s proposed fiscal year 2016 Capital Improvements Program — a 10-year plan outlining major infrastructure projects — was presented to the board.

The city of Poquoson, which shares the courthouse and the sheriff’s oepartment with York County, has agreed to fund 19.9 percent of the $277,000 cost for the upgrade.

In addition, the sheriff’s office — which is in charge of all aspects of the courthouse — has planned for the X-ray machine and metal detector to be replaced in fiscal year 2023.

Diggs said the X-ray machine was replaced once before, and he believes it will be time for a new machine by 2023.

Last year, the courthouse received a new case management software for the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. The system is scheduled to be installed in July, Commonwealth Attorney Ben Hahn said.

The $68,000 case management system will allow prosecutors to link directly with the software used by YPSO, giving prosecutors access to the deputies’ case information and vice versa.

On Tuesday, the York County Board of Supervisors will officially adopt the budget, which goes into effect June 30, and the proposed CIP.