Fourth Judicial District administrator Danny Davis gave me a call to say that the county is actually funding maintenance just fine, and the signs are being removed.
"First of all, I've been here as a district administrator for just a few months, and I didn't realize that those signs were in the jury room," Davis says. "They'd been there a while from what I understand. And I just want to say that we have a very good working relationship with the county, and they have supplied us with everything we need.
"I'm having those signs removed, because it doesn't really reflect what's going on between the courts and the county at this point in time. ... I would assume they're pretty old, because people I've talked to don't remember 'em being posted. So it's been a long time ago, as far as I can tell."
——— Original post: Tuesday, May 12, 3:57 p.m. ———
The other day, I had occasion to be in a jury meeting room on a top floor of the El Paso County Courthouse.
It's a pretty standard space, with a line of coat hangers and a large conference table offering no hint at the justice arrived at in that space. But on the wall was a lovely piece of passive-aggressive literature designed to explain why cleaning was not being maintained and how the jurors should feel free to clean the bathroom themselves.
It's a beautiful creation, with its all-caps and exclamation marks, and one that only gets better as it goes along. It then finishes with a pretty specific call to action. We reproduce it here:
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS JURORS IN OUR COMMUNITY!
WE GREATLY APPRECIATE THE SACRIFICE OF TIME THAT YOU ARE MAKING BY BEING A JUROR TODAY!
AS YOU ARE ALSO LIKELY AWARE, WE NO LONGER CAN MAINTAIN THE JURY DELIBERATION ROOMS IN A CLEAN CONDITION DUE TO BUDGET DECISIONS MADE BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS.
THUS, PLEASE TAKE ALL OF YOUR TRASH, GARBAGE AND ANY RECYCLABLE MATERIALS WITH YOU AT THE END OF THE DAY.
YOU MAY PLACE THESE ITEMS IN THE PUBLIC AREAS OF THE BUILDING AS THESE ARE THE ONLY AREAS THAT WILL BE SERVICED BY THE JANITORIAL STAFF.
If you find that the restroom facilities are in need of cleaning please let a staff member know so that they can locate the necessary cleaning supplies. Feel free to use the supplies as needed in order to clean the restrooms to your satisfaction.
THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR SERVICE AND FOR HELPING US KEEP YOUR COURTHOUSE CLEAN!
If you have any criticism, comments or suggestions about this notice feel free to contact your county commissioner at 719-520-7276 or feel free to make your personal expression at any of their meetings which are normally scheduled on Monday and Thursday at 9:00AM at 27 East Vermijo, Third Floor.