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 available for counties with a population of less than 7,500.
The Court Facilities Improvement Advisory Committee convened on January 27, 2012, to
review the eighth round of applications for grant funds. The Committee reviewed 43 applications
for grant funds: 15 applications from counties with populations 7500 or more and 28 applications
from counties with populations less than 7500. Amount of grant funds requested: $1,107,937.89.
Amount available for grant awards: $829,440.11 Amount of grants awarded at the January 27
Listed below in alphabetical order are the counties that received grant awards, the amount
of the award, and a brief description of the project.
Adams $2,381.21 Microphones for courtroom and a copy machine for clerk’s office.
Bowman $15,900*Replace hearing and air conditioning systems for courtroom, jury
room, and judge’s chambers. *Award is contingent on submission of
detailed vendor estimates for the project. Vendor estimates were
substantially higher than estimated; project placed on hold. County
may reapply for grant funds in future.
Burke $2,317.49 Metal detector for the courtroom.
Burke $10,000* Attorney tables; clerk workstation; storage unit; chairs (8) for clerk,
court recorder/reporter, attorneys, and bailiff. *Award is for $10,000
or 75% of actual vendor estimates, whichever is less. County must
confirm acceptance of grant award as amount awarded is significantly
less than requested. County confirmed acceptance of the grant award.
Burleigh $33,024.75 Improvements to Courtrooms 301 and 303 [bench cushions, jury and
witness chairs, replace attorney chairs, remove and replace subfloors
in jury boxes and witness stands]; carpeting (hallway, jury boxes,
Cavalier $14,016.74 Recover chairs (law library, conference room, jury room); replace
three tables (law library, conference room, jury room); replace four
office chairs (law library); metal detector.
Dickey $1,376.10 Key locks for courtroom, clerk offices, judge’s chambers, jury room,
and jury break room.
Divide $2,409Jury room improvements - replace carpet, new table and chairs.
Eddy $15,480.50Heating unit for judge’s office, remodel storeroom for records
storage, metal detector for the courtroom.
Foster $9,539.99 Replace three doors leading to judge’s office and court recorder’s
office; refrigerator for jury room.
Grant $4,325.71 Replace carpet in jury room and clerk’s office, replace courtroom
Griggs $12,230.35Sound system for the courtroom and installation of related computer,
ports, and networks.
Hettinger $11,846.28 Jury box improvements; lighting for clerk’s office; air conditioner for
courtroom; paint clerk’s office; metal detector for courtroom.
Logan $13,885.86Kevlar (judge’s bench, clerk and court reporter work area, witness
stand); courtroom rail and shelf; gate; ceiling and wall repair; painting
and improvements for courtroom, library, clerk office; carpet
(library); chairs (jury deliberation room); desks and chairs for
Odyssey-related work area; copier/fax and shredder for clerk’s office.
McIntosh $33,852.12* Replacing eighteen windows associated with the judge’s chambers
and jury room; tables, chairs, and air conditioner for jury room;
printer. *Award is contingent on submission of information detailing
location and proximity of windows to court-related space. Detail
information submitted to support grant application.
McKenzie $2,317.49Metal detector for courtroom.
Morton $8,300.25 Evidence presentation system for courtroom.
Mountrail $4,989.37 Media cabinet, storage cabinet, metal detector for courtroom.
Nelson $2,469.25 Push-button locks (judge’s office door, judge’s door entering
courtroom, judge’s 3rd floor office); Kevlar for judge’s bench.
Oliver $4,650Air conditioning for courtroom.
Pembina $6,716.75 Jury room storage cabinet and Kevlar for judge’s bench and clerk,
court recorder, and bailiff desks.
Pierce $2,938.50 Desks for the clerk’s office.
Ransom $3,843.62 Air conditioner (1/3 cost); repair courtroom ceiling; rearrange and
repair courtroom desks.
Rolette $3,012 Jury room improvements (counter-top, cabinets, blinds, and shades);
blinds for community room; electrical outlets above meeting room
Sargent $12,389.71Metal detector; hand-held wand; security system (cameras, DVR,
panic buttons) related to courtroom and hallway.
Stark $2,160Safety glass for clerk’s office.
Stark $13,260.89Carpeting (clerk office entrance); tile for elevator leading to
courtrooms; paint courtroom restroom and hallway; juvenile court
office improvements (strip wallpaper and paint, lighting, carpet and
Steele $5,277.05* Kevlar (judge’s desk and doors leading to judge’s chambers);
deadbolt locks (judge’s chambers, clerk’s office); proportional cost
related to update of electrical circuit control panels. *County must
confirm acceptance of grant award as amount awarded is significantly
less than requested. County declined the grant award.
Stutsman $10,143Replace heat pumps on second floor of courthouse (clerk’s office,
district court offices, and courtrooms).
Stutsman $9,932Installation of key card system for four doors related to clerk and
district court offices (proportional cost of more extensive key card
Stutsman $2,227.50Installation of door in file storage area and related modifications.
Stutsman $1,875*Installation of gates between court spectator area and court area.*Award is for $1,875 or 75% of actual vendor estimate or billing for
Towner $19,644.62Court security monitoring system (courtroom hallway and doorway
and stairway leading to courtroom); air conditioning for large jury
room; refinish clerk conference table and chairs; courtroom desk.
Traill $1,628.55Kevlar for judge’s bench and clerk and court recorder desks.
Walsh $1,440Television, DVD player, and mounting device for courtroom.
Wells $7,842 Replace window coverings for courtroom, jury room, and clerk’s
Williams $509,796.46Phase 2 remodeling of third floor of courthouse.