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2/18/2014 12:11:00 PM
County Administration Building to be rekeyed

The Payne County Budget Board learned Monday that the county administration building will have all of its internal office locks rekeyed in the near future.

Chairman Chris Reding said he noticed on several prior occasions that the metal fire escape doors were left unlocked which left open the potential for unauthorized personnel to be in building after hours.

As a result, Reding said, he decided to have the building rekeyed. The rekeying will be for metal keys only and will not affect the building's electronic keypad lock system. "It has been a number of years since this building was rekeyed," Reding said. "The fire escape doors were left unlocked. We are going to rekey the building."

Reding said he made an initial inquiry of how much the project would cost and estimated it could be funded for under $500 or about $11 per key lock.

"It is not as expensive as it sounds," Reding said. "We will get the best price we can."

Reding said once completed county officials will have a complete list of which employees will have keys and what they have access to.

"It is an opportunity to get physical control of the keys for the building," he said. "The electronic locks are not in question. We have absolute control of the electronic keys."

In other matters, board member Jim Arthur said when the next budget cycle rolls around he would like to see the county add another person to its trash cop program.

He said there are only two employees covering the entire county and with the increase in oil production in the area more help is needed.

"We were looking at come budget time getting another man and put him on the solid waste department," Arthur said. "Our guys are certainly keeping busy."





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