NORWICH – County officials are calling it a sign of the times. Fatal events that have occurred in public places all over the state and nationwide have lead local policy makers to question the safety of the Chenango County Office Building.
Although no plan to enhance the security system at the County Office building has been finalized, the proposal to do so has been in the spotlight for quite some time. In March, the Chenango County Agriculture, Buildings and Grounds Committee first addressed the issue out of concern for the safety and security of public employees. While any effort to increase safety measures would come with a price tag – estimated to top nearly $80,000 to secure the County Office Building – officials questioned if it’s a worth while expense and whether or not enhanced security will actually help prevent tragic events at the building’s downtown location in Norwich.