Athens Review, Athens, Texas

November 20, 2012

District Courts to get audio-visual equipment upgrade

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — District Courts in Henderson County will be getting an overdue upgrade in audio-visual equipment following a vote of Commissioners Court  Tuesday.

The equipment is used for court participants to be able to see and hear evidence presented in court. The old audio and visual devices have been in use so long, they are no longer dependable, County Judge Richard Sanders said. During one case, someone had to hold two wires together to get a recording to play.

Commissioners  accepted a bid from Athens Audio Visual for $27,054 for the project. Of that, $10,635 will go toward improvements in Mark Calhoon’s 3rd and Carter Tarrance’s 392nd District Courts, and the remaining $5,784 for Dan Moore’s 173rd. The 3rd District and 392nd District Courts will be getting the bulk of the improvements, because the 173rd system was upgraded in 2008.

The Athens AV offer was chosen over Master AV of Longview, who turned in a bid of $34,806.95. Of that, $14,003.16 would go to the 3rd and 392nd District Courts, and $6,803.63 to the 173rd.

The IT Committee met Nov. 15 to discuss the options, and decided to present the Athens AV bid to the Commissioners for approval.

Committee Member Ken Geeslin has been on the subcommittee working on the upgrade project for about nine months. He said getting proposed prices on the equipment needed was a time-consuming process.

District Attorney Scott McKee will supply $10,000 of the cost of the project from one of the funds available to his office, leaving the county portion at just above $17,000.