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Improved security for Plainfield Village Hall

Madhu Mayer – news@thetimesweekly.com | 7/19/2017, 2:55 p.m.
In an effort to make it easier and safer to access the entryways, the Plainfield Village Board approved spending $27,337.40 ...

In an effort to make it easier and safer to access the entryways, the Plainfield Village Board approved spending $27,337.40 for a new access control system that will replace the manual number-punch locks on the entrance doors with proximity card readers.

Rick Kaczanko, information technology director, said the new system would provide better security for employees, as well as provide quicker and easier maintenance.

"When there is turnover, instead of manually rekeying or recoding doors, they will be controlled by a central computer system, which can make updates in a matter of seconds," he said.

Kaczanko said the new technology Plainfield Village Hall will be an extension of the access control system recently installed at the police department.

The price tag the board approved Monday includes not only installing the access control server and network infrastructure, it also updates the doors in administration, planning and management services' offices; Business Evolution Center; computer server room; and the inner vestibule entry door from the parking lot entrance to Village Hall.

The expenditure will be financed primarily with a reimbursement grant program for safety/security-related training and equipment. The grant will cover $20,698 of the total cost, with the remainder taken out from the village's facility maintenance budget. Follow us on Facebook @thetimesweekly