In City Hall memos passed about between city officials, NorthIowaToday.com has learned details about a security system upgrade that is being sought to slow down the rash of vandalism that has taken place over the Summer and Fall months at the City Hall building.
Russ Echelbarger, Information Systems Coordinator at City Hall, wrote in a memo to Brent Trout “Due to vandalism in the recent past, we have decided it was time to re-examine our security systems at City Hall.”
The cost of the cameras and labor to install them will cost the City $12,378.08 in un-budgeted funds. Funding will come from general project funds or funds available from the computer replacement and office equipment replacement funds. No reserves will be used to fund the project.
Interestingly, interior cameras will also be upgraded, as well as exterior cameras “to reduce willful damage to the building exterior and City vehicles” and “coverage of the facility.”
Whether or not the interior cameras will shoot video of the City Council inbox area of City Hall is not yet known. Doors and locks were recently installed on the Council inboxes at City Hall, presumably to thwart theft or general pillaging of information placed in the inboxes. As of Monday, December 6, Janet Solberg was the only remaining City Council member with a locked door over her inbox.