City Hall to get key-card access

GLOVERSVILLE – The Common Council on Tuesday approved a contract to install a secure door access system in City Hall and the Police Department for about $73,000 – $10,000 less than previously expected.

The key-card access system is one of the city’s approved capital projects for this year. The city expected it to cost $84,000 but Adirondack Security submitted a price quote, including wiring and installation, for $73,555, according to the resolution.

The resolution also notes an annual service agreement is included in the installation price for the first year. It covers license updates, parts, labor and travel costs for $5,695.

Police Chief Donald VanDeusen recommended the new entry system and said the work to is expected to begin at the start of the new year.

“Chief VanDeusen met with several companies to make sure we could get the most bang for our buck,” Mayor Dayton King said. “We are getting a good system for a decent price.”

All City Hall doors will be outfitted with the new locks. Employees will be given key cards for swiping in areas of the building they’re allowed to access.

City Hall now uses a traditional lock-and-key system throughout the building.

King said the city’s debt-service payments will not increase from borrowing through serial bonds.

He said Finance Commissioner Bruce Van Genderen has a strict policy of paying back bonds in five years or less.

King said the new system will allow the city to know who is where within City Hall and protect assets in the building and police department.

“Through the years, we have had so many keys reproduced since city officials come and go,” King said. “We just really wanted to know who is where and protect our assets. Our biggest assets could be the confidential documentation that is there rather than pieces of equipment.”

In 2011, the city had to install new locks in the Office of Court Administration when a set of keys was temporarily unaccounted for.

City officials said they recovered the keys, but said there was no way of knowing if they’d been duplicated while they were missing.