Bill Novak reported that all construction work has been completed except for a punch list team from each construction area (electrician, plumber, finish work) who are working through punch list issues. The HVAC system commissioning also is one of the last areas to finish.
Focus is currently on the electronic security system commissioning which is the responsibility of one single contractor. It's a very complex system with all the features to make the facility secure and accommodate the life and safety system (fire and smoke alarm).
We attempted to complete a week long process of extensive testing for final acceptance. It was determined that the system wasn't ready, which stopped the final acceptance testing. It is expected that the facility security system will work 100% the way it is intended to work and nothing less. The contractor was required to go back and go through a series of remedial activities to adjust and correct certain elements of the facility security system. At that point the process begins again (pre-testing, commissioning). This does not mean that there are any major issues with the facility. What is being addressed now is if a door indicator is not showing the exact timing/adjustment, it is a failure and needs to be corrected. This is part of making sure that the facility is top notch, complies with specifications, and that Corrections receives a building that is ready to accept inmates. Any schedule issues or changes will await the completion of the commissioning process.
Before Corrections receives the building from Facilities it will be thoroughly cleaned. Art added that there is no rush for completion before everything is tested and cleaned. The facility is now completely locked down (all doors are closed, access to areas are controlled).
As far as the exterior, the sand filter has been completed which is on track. All the planting, weeding, fertilizing, re-seeding and other landscaping will be completed by Thanksgiving. Facilities will provide a full green lawn at the end of the project.
COMMUNITY EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION:
The community alert siren will be installed October 22. Testing will be October 22 and 23. The schools will be notified, local newspapers will do a press release, and flyers will be handed out and posted. Flyers will also be handed out at the Clarksburg Celebration on Saturday and at the local business breakfast on Thursday. Magnets with the MCCF contact numbers with a recorded status message will also be handed out at the celebration. Guy played a tape of sample siren sounds. The siren committee will discuss the selection of the siren. (NOTE: Due to a public safety crisis (snipers) the system was not tested on the 22nd. The system is installed. A new testing date will be established and communicated to the public.)
Art announced that the County is starting their budget process (development, submission, hearings, approval, and printing). It will be a year of target reductions for all County departments. Terry asked what type of reduction Corrections can absorb. This will be decided by Mr. Duncan.
The MCDC Re-Use (total renovation) has been fully approved by the Council. The process will begin to select an architect to start the design development. We hope to go to bid in approximately 6-7 months for the project. Our case was presented in Baltimore for up to 50% State project funding.
The Rockville Neighborhood Advisory Committee is meeting quarterly. If any of the CBAG members would like to be on the Rockville Committee's mailing list you can contact Bina for Kelli Holland's (Warden Smith's OSC) phone number at MCDC. All their minutes are published on the Department's website.
As of November 1, the Department will take over our Dietary Operation and Food Service. The Food Service operation will be staffed by County employees serving both facilities (MCDC, MCCF) and the Pre-Release Center. Inmate workers will work under the new staff in the kitchen.
The Transition Team has been busy installing all the PCs, printers, and telephones throughout the entire building. The Inmate Guidebook, which is given to each inmate when they arrive at MCCF is complete and will be printed in both English and Spanish. It also has been written in Braille and put on audio tape. The inmate video will be taped once the building has been turned over to Corrections.
PUBLIC SAFETY ISSUES PRESENTATION
Steve requested input from Corrections and the Sheriff's Department to participate in a Public Safety Issues Presentation at the next Civic Association meeting. Representatives from Montgomery County's Public Safety agencies could address any safety questions the public might have. He will contact the agencies with details.
The next meeting will be November 19, 2002
at MCCF, Warden's Conference Room (second floor)