York County spends $1.2M on courtroom upgrades


A dozen courtrooms in the York County Judicial Center are going digital with a $1.1 million audio/visual system upgrade.

County commissioners inked the deal for upgrade work with Sage Technology Solutions of Mount Joy during their weekly meeting Wednesday.

The plan calls for upgrading the audio/visual systems, controlled by judges at the benches in 12 courtrooms, from analog to digital.

"The building is 10 years old, but the equipment is older than that," said Joe Sassano, executive director of the county's information technology department, noting the equipment was bought about a year before construction of the 48 N. George St. judicial center was completed.

Parts for the current systems have become scarce as technology evolved. The deal with Sage also includes a five-year maintenance agreement from 2016 through the end of 2020, he said.

Financing: Though the 2015 county budget included the cost for the upgrade, the county will finance the work and equipment through Susquehanna Commercial Finance over the next five years.

The county is on the hook for $220,000 this year and $242,731 each year through 2019. That brings the total cost, including interest, to $1.2 million.

The new systems will be similar to those installed in courtrooms on the recently finished fifth floor of the judicial center.

Th t$6.7 million build-out turned 27,136 square-feet of unfinished space into eight courtrooms and judges' chambers and other rooms. It was first put to use in July.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.