Security system in the works for Farmington city building

Feb 18 2011 - 11:11pm

FARMINGTON -- To keep a tight handle on expenses, city officials cut corners on security when a new city hall was completed last year.

Now they're trying to cover that gap.

The city council on Tuesday approved the installation of a security camera system for the new city building, but not before reviewing the vulnerability the lack of the system has brought to the $3.58 million facility.

The installation is expected to cost $9,124.

City Manager Dave Millheim said the system will allow city officials to monitor who is in the building and when.

It does not include an alarm system.

Councilman Jim Talbot voted to support the camera system but expressed concern about the lack of an alarm should someone break into the building.

"There's no question we need a security system. This may be no more than a Band-Aid, instead of taking time to do it right.

"I don't see that we are deterring anything," he said.

Talbot said he would feel better if an alarm went off should someone break in.

Doing it right would come with a heavy price tag, said Millheim, who noted the new building is not wired to handle an alarm system.

The city manager noted that a burglar broke into a school in the Alpine School District recently and stole a number of computers without any alarms going off.

He said the incident heightened his concern about being able to monitor who is in the new city building at 160 S. Main St.

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