HAGERSTOWN - Washington County and City of Hagerstown officials are working on a plan that could cost as much as $900,000 to build an enclosure where prisoners being taken into the Washington County Courthouse would be dropped off.
Joseph Kroboth III, county public works director, said the proposal involves placing gates on each end of an alley that borders the courthouse to the south. A prison van would enter from Summit Avenue through one of the gates, which would close behind the van.
Kroboth said the county is waiting for city officials to approve a plan that would be aesthetically compatible with Hagerstown's historic architecture. In other words, the city would rather have something such as a brick entryway to the alley than a fence and razor wire, he said.
A majority of the funding for the project would come from the Washington County Sheriff's Department operational budget, Kroboth said. State grants would pay about $110,000 of the total cost for the installation of security cameras.