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City Hall updating security measures

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@wabashplaindealer.com

The Board of Public Works and Safety is looking into recommended improvements to City Hall’s security and alarm systems.

According to Building Commissioner Jim Straws, a recent insurance inspection made the recommendation of securing the front lobby, including entrances to the mayor’s and clerk’s office, as well as sealing “air leaks” around some of the windows.

Straws said Mike Paul Construction Co. in Wabash gave an estimate of $5,800 for the security and window updates, which the board approved without request for more bids. Straws said the project was one that began with former Building Commissioner John Stephens, who retired earlier this year. 

Another project initiated by Stephens and passed onto Straws is the addition of fire alarms and smoke detectors inside City Hall.

Straws said they received a bid from Cottage Watchman Security Systems to install smoke detectors and fire alarms for $28,000. Straws said the alarm system includes and auto-dialing program that calls the security system, who then directs the call to central dispatch.

Mayor Scott Long said the system made sense, but he’d be more comfortable with seeing at least two more bids before bringing it to a vote. The board tabled the vote until next meeting, which is scheduled for Thursday, March 21 at 4 p.m. in City Council Chambers.