BG City Commission Looks to Add Security To Buildings

By Michael Gossum | 

Bowling Green, Ky. - "We are a little behind and it is time for us to make that move," said Bowling Green City Commissioner Joe Denning

And that move is upping security on buildings like the city hall annex.

Commissioner Denning has long been pushing for tighter security for city employees.

On Tuesday night, the Bowling Green City Commission approved a bid that would provide restricted access for people entering a city building like the annex.

"In other words, individuals will not be able to just come in the front door and go wherever they want to go," said Denning.

"We're trying to be proactive with the security of our city buildings, and again it just seems to be a sign of the times where we have to do this," said Bowling Green City Commissioner Bill Waltrip.

Denning said he hopes to do even more to make it safer for city employees.

"Our plan here in city hall is to have a system where all the employees are behind some type of protective class where they can still talk with citizens as they come into the building," said Denning.

This vote comes on the heels of the terrible tragedy in Boston and while Bowling Green may not be Boston, city officials take security seriously.

"Security is always an issue. Obviously, there is more of a heightened awareness of those issues now, but I'm very confident that are local police in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies at the state and federal level are doing all they can to make sure our citizens are safe," said Waltrip.

The bid approved tonight will not exceed $92,000.

The commission will meet again in May.

Since this is a municipal order and not an ordinance it doesn't require a second reading.

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