Bill Novak reported that testing is moving along quickly. Testing on the security system will begin at the end of September. Contractors are working through a lengthy punch list. Burn-in will be during the month of October. At the end of October the building will be turned over to Corrections. The construction schedule is on track.
Art reported that Corrections will begin training in late October. Each staff member will go through a 40 hour training program. All of the associated agencies (Sheriff, Police, Emergency Medical, Fire and Rescue, and State Police) have all been briefed and told to develop their emergency preparedness training time for live action training inside the building. Besides the administrative staff that is already in the building, Corrections now has staff in Central Control, observing and becoming familiar with the electronic system. We are committed to opening in early January.
Copies were handed out of an article recently published covering the Escape Tracking training that took place on site (MCCF). It was a highly specialized training on emergency response to escape and the importance of becoming familiar with the area around MCCF. It was a joint exercise with Montgomery County Police, Montgomery County Sheriff, Frederick County Sheriff, and Corrections. The training was very worth while and will continue each year.
The Simulated Incarceration is scheduled for December 7th and 8th. Attendees will arrive between 4 pm and 6 pm on Saturday and depart at 7 am Sunday. Five hundred invitations will be going out in mid October.
Rob showed a video of a smoke test which was performed as part of the commissioning of the building and observed by the Fire Marshall. This involves bringing smoke generators into one of the pods to see if the smoke control system does what it should in terms of keeping smoke from moving throughout the building. In the event that the pod fills with smoke all inmates can be temporarily housed in the connecting corridor. The building is designed to contain the smoke in only one area.
COMMUNITY EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION:
A telephone number has been established for citizens to call in to hear a recorded message (up to 40 individuals at a time) when the siren is activated. There also will be an open number (live person). Magnets are being made for handout with these numbers. There is one more meeting at the County level before Rob can hold a public meeting announcing this procedure at the end of September. Notification will be placed in the Gazette when the meeting date is set.
WHELAN LANE PROPERTY
An update of the condemnation of the property on the corner of Rt. 121 and Whelan Lane was requested. The property is on both sides of Whelan Lane. It is currently in litigation between the owner and the County.
KINGSLEY WILDERNESS SCHOOL
Renovation work has begun on the Kingsley Wilderness School. We are waiting for Facilities to get the site work completed before putting in the fence. The school is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2003.
The next meeting will be September 24, 2002.
Due to Community Center availability the NEXT meeting will be the fourth Tuesday, September 24th instead of the third Tuesday