City hall to install safety glass in lobbies
by Nick Rappley | Patterson Irrigator
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Citing the safety of city employees, the Patterson City Council approved 5-0 Tuesday, June 25 a near $150,000 expenditure to install safety glass in the first and second floor lobbies at city hall that would separate city staff from the public.

The expenditure also includes Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades of more than $59,000, according to a city staff report.

Capital Projects Manager Curtis Jorritsma said recent events throughout the United States, including last year in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and as late as last month in Las Cruces, N.M., where city staff members were put in danger, is the reason for the city to move forward with the project.

Patterson Police Chief Tori Hughes agreed.

“What concerns me is the first point of contact in the finance department. What do we have in the finance department? Money.” She said. “So there needs to be more of a barrier in that area.”

Councilmember Larry Buehner, who originally balked at the price tag, originally asked if the project could be held until mid fiscal year or January.

Hughes, however, said the need was immediate.

“The last thing we want is to have something happen while we were talking about it,” she said. “If I had been here when the upgrades occurred, I would’ve recommended the glass then.”

The glass will cover the finance and building service counters on the first floor and the administrative, public works and planning counters on the second floor, according to a report for the city council provided by Jorritsma.

The project would also lower counters in specific areas for A.D.A. accessibility, the report indicated and make upgrades to the front door for wheelchair access.

The city is required to be A.D.A. compliant with new rules passed in 2010 that began being enforced in 2012. The counters at the front of city hall were built in 2005 and were built to specific guidelines set forth in 2001, according to Patterson Chief Building Official Jim Swanson.

They are now out of compliance, he told the council.

Contact Nick Rappley at 892-6187, ext. 31 or nick@pattersonirrigator.com.

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