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The Government Center is split in two towers, with county administrative offices in one and courtrooms on the other side. On the county side, most who enter are employees, but people who are under court supervision also come through to visit probation officers and provide urine samples.
“There’s a lot of concern about what we’re going to do with court litigants who bring trash to court,” Thompson said. “When you get a notice to come to court, we’re not going to talk to you about what you can and can’t bring. We don’t have control over what they bring in, nor should we.”
Everyone who goes into the towers must pass through a weapons-screening checkpoint and metal detector.
But no one is stopping them from bringing in things they’ll have to throw away. As Thompson put it, “You name it and in my 19 years, we’ve found it in the garbage.” That includes dirty diapers, personal hygiene products and soiled clothing. So he’s working on options.
“We have to have a place for their personal garbage, or it’s going to wind up on the floor,” he said.
Already, lawyers report seeing the little trash bins overflowing after a single large coffee cup and a banana peel go in.
Complaints and unexpected problems that arise from use of the new cans aren’t just going to be — well, tossed out. Hollander said the administration is open to alterations as the workers adjust to the new system.
Rochelle Olson • 612-673-1747