City to tighten building access

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Both City Hall and the sewage treatment plant are getting new security systems at an initial cost of $102,359.

Phase II of both projects is expected to cost an additional $65,000 in the 2005-2006 fiscal year.

"A lot of this is occurring because of the events of 9/11," explained city Fire Chief Wallace Possich. "Until this time, the city has had no control over who has access to these buildings and who doesn't."

At its January meeting, the City Commission authorized the purchase of a new City Hall security system from Secure Concepts Inc. of Lexington for $53,900. Possich said he expects the system to be up and running within the next 60 days. Phase II of the project is expected to be completed in the 2005-2006 fiscal year at an additional cost of $10,000 to $15,000.

The cost of the new system was questioned during the first work session of the new year. Commissioner Kathy Carter questioned why the city needed to spend so much money for a security system when the Frankfort Plant Board might be able to provide the same service at a lower cost.

For more on this story, see the latest State Journal.

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