Borough building secure?

Administration examines security measures in place

Posted: Friday, September 07, 2007

The Kenai Peninsula Borough is looking to beef up security at the borough office building on North Binkley Street in Soldotna.

Security experts from AMC Engineers, who the borough hired at the end of July, recently inspected the building, holding meetings with department heads and the clerk's office to determine their security concerns. The company is to produce a report by Oct. 2, according to Bruce Richards, special assistant to Borough Mayor John Williams.

In a memo to the assembly Aug. 21, Richards said the report would identify security issues and provide solutions for risks.

"Included in the report will be an extensive list of the options available to address each particular need," he said. "After receiving the report, we will have to decide what level of security we want and what we are willing to pay for to obtain a particular level of security."

AMC demonstrated the latest technology in security cameras as just one example of what is available in the security market, Richards said.

"Of course, other issues that were discussed include 'panic' buttons, door security that would require card readers, and placement of new doors at certain locations in the building to allow for better security," Richards said.

While a variety of items were discussed, it has not yet been determined what security measures would be employed at the borough building and when.

The borough building, constructed in 1969, has had several renovations to various parts over the decades. Kevin Lyon, borough projects manager, said AMC Engineers inspectors also were assessing the fire alarm and heating/ventilation system, which may also need attention. Among other things, he said, the building is often quite warm, a condition mediated by opening doors. That may have to change as part of a security program.

No money has been set aside for any security upgrades at this point. It will be up to the assembly to decide how much work should be done, if any, and where the money would come from, Lyon said.

Hal Spence can be reached at hspence@ptialaska.net.



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