A request by court personnel for full-time cleaning in the Circuit Court building was denied by supervisors last week after a discussion over the necessity. 

County Administrator Shelton Vance last Monday presented the request for Prewitt Contract Services, a janitorial and security service company, to increase hours of operation in the Circuit Court building from four hours each day to eight hours each day for a cost increase of $1,213 per month. That request included two hours, once per week, for work to be done at the Election Commission building. 

“Who is requesting this,” District 3 Supervisor Gerald Steen asked. 

Vance said it was the Election Commission, Circuit Clerk and court security staff.

“In the circuit building, what you run into periodically are situations where there may be spills or there may be unsanitary bathroom conditions that occur in those four off-hours,” Vance said.

Steen asked what would the cleaning staff be doing in the event there were no spills. He  said it sounds like they would be having somebody on “standby.”

A motion by District 2 Supervisor Trey Baxter to approve the additional hours failed in a 3-2 vote, with Board President Sheila Jones, District 3 Supervisor Gerald Steen and District 5 Supervisor Paul Griffin voting against. 

The county used to have in-house cleaning staff but eliminated those positions in 2016 when the Board of Supervisors realized they could save money by privatizing the cleaning services.