By Marney Simon | Enterprise Staff
Plainfield Village Hall will undergo a security upgrade, thanks to an approval last month by members of the full village board.
On July 17, village trustees approved a proposal for a new secure access system, a project expected to cost just over $27,000.
According to the staff report, staff has been researching a new system, to replace the old “number punch” system at entrance doors with proximity card readers.
Per the staff report, the system will provide better security for the employee-only areas of the village hall, as well as easier access for maintenance.
The new system also means that updates to the system when an employee begins or ends their employment with the village will only take moments, versus the old system of re-coding all the doors.
The scope of the work will include new locks, sensors, and card readers in the Village Hall vestibule and parking lot doors, readers on the first-floor reception and office doors, access for card readers on the second-floor network closet, and a new server.
The system will cover administration, planning, management services, the business evolution center, and the server room.
The proposal also includes specialized training for staff and ongoing technology support.
The new system at Village Hall will be an extension of the access control system recently added at the police station. That upgrade means that ID and access cards can be issues, managed, and accessed from one central point, rather than at each individual building.
Most of the funding for the project comes from the village’s SWARM group safety grant program. That program provides reimbursement for safety and security related training and equipment. The grant funds will cover $20,698 of the new access system’s total $27,337 price tag.
The remainder of the balance will be paid through the village’s facility maintenance budget.
The system will allow the village to add additional card access systems at other areas within village properties as funding becomes available.
The access system will be designed by Umbrella Technologies.