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Dumpsters relocated at courthouse as safety measure

Trash dumpsters’ new location at the southwest corner of the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza Oct. 7 provides more safety to the courthouse building and also allows Sheriff’s deputies a place to park when transporting prisoners to their hearings. (Sue Tone/Courier)

Trash dumpsters’ new location at the southwest corner of the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza Oct. 7 provides more safety to the courthouse building and also allows Sheriff’s deputies a place to park when transporting prisoners to their hearings. (Sue Tone/Courier)

In late September, Yavapai County workers started building a block wall that would screen trash bins at the southwest corner of the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza.

Yavapai County Facilities Director Kenny Van Keuren said moving the trash bins away from the south side of the courthouse building was a decision of the Court Security Committee of which he is member along with court administrators, judges, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office transport officials and Prescott Police Department.

“The committee is looking at ways to improve court security, and one of the projects was to move the dumpster location away from the building,” Van Keuren said.

Where the dumpsters used to be are now parking spaces for prisoner transport vans. Sheriff’s deputies are able to escort the prisoners under the south tunnel and into the courthouse, keeping them away from the main public entry, Van Keuren said.

The work was completed earlier this month.

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