Flint Township beefing up building security

FLINT TWP. — A recent incident involving bad conduct of a non-township resident at the administration offices has prompted the township board to improve building security.

“It has been my goal since I have been here that we ought to increase our security,” said Township Supervisor, referencing the recent incident and the general state of the world.

Proposals from Sonitrol Verified Electronic Security of Grand Blanc were presented to the township board. One was for an Access Option Control at a cost of $8,350 for the equipment and labor and a $60 monthly monitoring fee. It would include one Access Module, four Access Card Readers and three Electric Door Strikes. To enter the office portion of the building, workers will be provided with access cards costing $5 each, key fobs costing $10 each, or printable badges costing $12 each.

The second proposal was for Video Surveillance equipment at a cost of $3,100 for installation of one channel network video recorder and hard drive and three outdoor dome cameras. It has a monthly service fee of $40.

“This system is similar to what the Police Department currently uses and what the Fire Department is looking at installing,” Miller said.

For now, the lobby would remain open but the customized security system would make the rest of the building accessible only to cardholders.

Noting that township staff consists mostly of women, Trustee Tom Klee spoke in favor of the improved building security.

“Anybody and their brother can walk in,” he said. “Look at what happened at the airport. It (building security) is way past due. I am 100 percent wholeheartedly in support.”

The board voted unanimously in favor of installing the access controls but some balked at the video surveillance.

Treasurer Lisa Anderson asked to put off voting on the video surveillance. She said it was her understanding from an administrative meeting that the video surveillance would be considered at a later date. She was joined by Trustees Barb Vert and Carol Pfaff-Dahl in a 3-3 vote to put off the vote. Trustee Frank Kasle was absent.

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