Section 27-05.2-10, NDCC, authorizes grants from the Court Facilities Improvement and
Maintenance Fund for county projects to improve or maintain court facilities. The Fund receives
revenue from a share of a $100 fee applied to all criminal cases except infractions. The Court
Facilities Improvement Advisory Committee is established under Section 27-05.2-09, NDCC, to
receive applications for grants and make awards for projects that qualify for grant funds. The
Committee is comprised of the following members: Sally Holewa, State Court Administrator and
Committee Chair; Jerome Gruenberg, Ward County Commissioner; Randi Suckut, Wells County
Commissioner; William E. Kretschmar, State Representative; and Charles G. DeMakis, State Bar
Briefly stated, the basic project requirements are that the improvement or maintenance project
must be a necessaryimprovement to court facilities or essentialto remodel or maintain existing court
facilities. The county is required by statute to provide local funding for the project in an amount
equal to at least 25% of the project's total cost. Additionally, Section 27-05.2-10 requires that at least
25% of the available grant funds be allocated to counties with a population of less than 7,500.
The Court Facilities Improvement Advisory Committee convened on January 28, 2011, to
review the seventh round of applications for grant funds. The Committee reviewed 36 applications
for grant funds: 11 applications from 10 counties with populations 7500 or more and 25 applications
from counties with populations less than 7500. Amount of grant funds requested: $1,442,239.79.
Amount of grants awarded at the January 28 meeting: $1,003,262.39.
Listed below in alphabetical order are the counties that received grant awards, the amount
of the award, and a brief description of the project.
Benson $2,460 Six counsel chairs; chair for clerk’s desk; refinish counsel tables;
Bottineau $5,607 Renovate and expand bench, clerk’s desk and table, electronic
recorder’s desk, witness station (to accommodate equipment for
Bowman $618.75Scanner for new Odyssey system.
Burke $26,629.25 Electrical outlets in courtroom; cable management and wiring for
microphones; permanent air conditioning unit in courtroom; carpeting
for courtroom; replace judge’s chair.
Burleigh $7,252.50 Updates to judge’s chambers and courtroom hallway (replace carpet,
remove and replace wallpaper, ceiling tiles).
Cass $600,000 Alternative #1 court component of multi-phase courthouse
Cavalier $12,105 Reupholster chair’s (judge, jury, attorneys, and courtroom gallery).
Dunn $12,397.50Furnishings etc. for new court facility (clerk work station, courtroom
cabinet, chairs, judge’s work table, file shelving, clerk desk and
storage unit); Odyssey-related scanner and printer.
Emmons $2,459.33Scanner plus warranty; printer; computer; shredder (enhancements to
accommodate Odyssey system).
Foster $44,471.81 Enhancements to added court space (office furniture [tables, chairs,
desk, bookcase, cabinets]; air conditioner units; wiring for phones,
fax, and data jacks; replacement of windows.
Golden Valley $2,336.25 Clerk work station, hutch, and computer table.
Grand Forks $11,559.38Fire alarm installation for 2nd and 3rd floors of courthouse (to ensure
tie-in to central alarm system). Grant award reduced proportionately
to reflect 25% area occupancy by State’s Attorney and staff.
Grant $4,101.75 Sink, counter top, cabinets for jury room; scanner for Odyssey
system, with scanner warranty.
Griggs $1,837.49Clerk’s desk; scanner for Odyssey system and related labor.
Hettinger $7,759.93 Two counsel tables; 12 juror chairs.
Kidder $726.75 Scanner for Odyssey system, with scanner warranty.
LaMoure $22,837.50Air conditioning in judge’s offices and clerk’s offices. **Grant award
contingent on submission within 30 days of award letter of detailed
vendor estimates for project. Grant award contingent on submission
of additional information to the Committee. Final grant, if awarded
is limited to the actual total of vendor estimates or $22,837.50,
whichever is less.
McIntosh $2,605.30 Color scanner plus warranty; computer and accessories for Odyssey
system; mini-blind for clerk’s office.
Mercer $1,643.25 Plasma HDTV for courtroom use; scanner (with warranty) for
Mountrail $33,011 Window trim and jams for recently installed windows; replace jury
room wood floor; wall repair and window and floor trim for victim-witness/domestic violence coordinator’s office.
Oliver $1,413Renovations for new space to be used as judge’s office (chairs,
painting walls; replace carpet).
Pembina $26,124 Ductless air conditioning and window coverings for rooms attached
to court facilities.
Pierce $5,085.75 Metal detector and related electrical; paint courtroom.
Ramsey $7,749Grade C refurbishing of twenty-four chairs.
Ransom $1,160.25 Panic button security system.
Sargent $4,307.30Security enhancements (remove and replace glass door, install
deadbolt, wall repair, steel sheeting for judge’s bench); paint judge’s
chambers and repair ceiling; carpet for judge’s chamber; replace
judge’s chair; repair and replace other chairs; phone line repair.
Stutsman $11,775Remodel juvenile court area (construct wall for secure entry); heat
pump and duct work to accommodate new wall construction; related
Stutsman $3,235.70Wireless security system components for second floor and portion of
lower level of courthouse.
Towner $16,072.70Painting (hallway outside courtroom, landings, hallway leading to
courtroom, clerk’s office and vaults); carpet (waiting area near juror
bathrooms); window blind; air conditioning heat pumps for clerk’s
offices and related electrical; clerk workstation.
Walsh $5,388Paint clerk of court office, hallway walls and ceiling; cabinets and
counter for jury room.
Ward $64,072.87Clerk’s office renovation (air ventilation improvement, electrical
work, remove and replace interior wall, dividers, fire exit, office
equipment and furniture, clerk counter chairs).
Wells $15,849.60 Remodel restrooms; ceiling fans (clerk’s office, judge’s chambers);
computer for deputy clerk; security equipment (for courtroom,
courtroom hallway, doors used to enter courthouse).