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Darth Vader (George Matthew) appeared before the Adams County Commissioners Wednesday to announce the Adams County Library System’s summer programs and receive a proclamation by the commissioners declaring June through August 2019 Adams County Library System 2019 Funfest and Summer Quest. From left are, Dawn Smith, Jim Martin, Vader, Marty Qually, Dorothy Puhl and Karen Arthur.

The sole bid for construction of the staff-only, rear-entry vestibule at the Adams County Courthouse was approved Wednesday during the Adams County Commissioners meeting.

The $52,900 bid was accepted by Commissioners Jim Martin and Marty Qually. Commissioner Randy Phiel, attending a meeting in Harrisburg, was not in attendance on Wednesday.

The project will be paid for through grant funds, Martin said.

The work will provide enhanced security at the rear entrance, similar to security at the front entrance of the courthouse, officials said. The work includes a brick knee wall at the entrance and a glass enclosed vestibule. The new vestibule will also provide courthouse employees cover from inclement weather, commissioners indicated.

Lauer Construction Services from York was the sole bidder for the project. The bid was reviewed by Adams County Solicitor Molly Mudd.

The commissioners also approved a contract with IMR Digital of Hazelton, Pa. Recommended by Clerk of Courts Kelly Lawver, the Hazelton firm will convert microfilm records from as far back as 1941 to digital PDF/A files.

The conversion will make storage of permanent records, such as marriage licenses, easier.

“This is much needed,” said Martin, noting finding space to house such records can be a problem.

The digitization project will take place in two phases. Phase 1 is estimated to cost $23,250 and will be funded through criminal automation funds and $2,000 from the county general fund.

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