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City Hall security, ice arena management on Monday council meeting agenda

Among the items on the agenda for Monday’s Worthington City Council is consideration of a proposal that aims to enhance security at City Hall.

City administration requested a proposal from Midwest Alarm to furnish and install building access and video surveillance systems for improved security within the City Hall facility. City staff is also proposing the expansion of City Hall's video surveillance system with the addition of 10 cameras.

Video cameras would be added at the entrance locations, hallways and exterior should be the proposal be approved. The video system has a proposed cost of $30,317.06.

The city is also exploring options to improve building access security. Among the options is installation of a card/fob access control system at the four entrance doors to City Hall. Other possibilities include securing non-public entries.

Funding for the video system has been budgeted from the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act allocation.

Also on Monday’s agenda is consideration of a request from the Worthington Hockey Association for the city to take over management duties at the Worthington Ice Arena. The Worthington Hockey Association, a volunteer organization, constructed the facility and has managed the facility and hockey program for more than 30 years. At this point, however, the association feels that a transfer to the city would not only benefit it but the city as well.

Currently, the facility is primarily used as an ice arena, but city staff and the hockey association agree that with the city's management abilities, it could be marketed and used for a variety of events. It’s proposed that city recreation staff be utilized to manage the facility in conjunction with the city’s new field house.

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