Fire Station 1, Spearfish City Hall to receive security upgrade

August 11, 2018

SPEARFISH — Spearfish Fire Department Station 1, at 622 Canyon St., and Spearfish City Hall, 625 Fifth St., will receive security upgrades this year.

The Spearfish City Council Monday accepted a $41,768.90 proposal from Gene’s Lock Shop for the 2018 Security Upgrade Project that will convert the buildings to a proximity reader entry system that integrates with the current security camera system.

Public Works Administrator Cheryl Johnson said that two RFPs (request for proposals) were initially sent out for the project, and both came back well over the $37,000 budgeted in second penny. Staff modified the project scope to allow for the costs to be more in-line with the budget and recommended approval of the proposal.

“This will address lock systems on interior and exterior doors within city hall and Fire Station 1, so entry in through those doors will now require either issued cards or a fob (a small security hardware device with built-in authentication), and that will greatly increase some of the security measures we’re concerned about in the building,” she said.

The council unanimously voted to accept the proposal. Councilman Marty Clark was absent.

Police Chief Pat Rotert provided additional details Tuesday. He explained that currently there are a number of doors within city hall, mainly in the police department, that are electronically controllable, but when they were installed 15-20 years ago, the system was essentially built on an old alarm system framework.

“It was never designed for door access; it was designed for other things,” he said.

Rotert explained that the current system only allows for 16 ports, so additional doors cannot be added to the current system, so a few years ago, the department began the discussion of updating the system to include more of city hall, with plans to eventually expand and add other city buildings to the system. Rotert said the new system allows for this.

“This system will integrate with our current camera system, so the two can be used together,” he added.

The project would involve migrating the current electronic access to the new system and adding additional spaces for future expansion, and Johnson said Monday the project would be completed in 2018.

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