Security to Improve at Elgin City Hall

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Byline: Elena Ferrarin

Elgin's city hall will be getting a security makeover.

The city council voted Wednesday night to award a $375,000 bid to Chicago-based general contractor F.H. Paschen to perform work including renovating the city council chambers and adding security measures such as a bulletproof dais, cameras, a metal detector at the entrance of city hall, protective concrete installations outside city hall, and more.

The work inside the council chambers will be done over Presidents Day weekend in February, when court will not be in session, city officials said.

The goal is to provide "the right security" for today's society, City Manager Sean Stegall said.

"While (the security measures) may be compelling and draw the interest of people, they are not groundbreaking in any way," he said.

The project will consist of about $300,000 to renovate the city council chambers -- including space for two additional council members who will be elected in April -- plus combining community development offices into one area, which will create space for the city's 311 call center. The security improvements will amount to about $75,000.

The work will be funded by $50,000 from the Riverboat fund and the rest by the general fund, officials said. …