Muskego considers how to get a secure feeling in City Hall
Consultant prices options, large and small
Muskego — Muskego City Hall is a good, sturdy and serviceable building, but it was built at a time that didn't have the security needs of today, a facilities report the city commissioned concludes.
How to update the building properly has a wide range of costs.
At the low end, even the minimal security offered by additional cameras would probably cost $85,200, said Muskego Police Lt. David Constantineau.
But John Sabinash of the Zimmerman Architectural Studios, which the city commissioned to do a comprehensive facilities study, recommends a minimum expenditure of $496,146, including cameras.
A more extensive option is a $1.2 million remodeling and finally a complete overhaul of the interior that would cost roughly $2.1 million, Sabinash said.
To provide a complete picture, he also considered the cost of building a new municipal center. That would cost the city $5.9 million, he estimated.
But Muskego Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti said that is not going to happen.
"This (existing) building has good bones," Chiaverotti said.
However, the trend in public building security now is to have people wait at a lobby and be escorted to whatever department they need access to, Sabinash said.
In the case of Muskego City Hall, as it is currently configured, it is almost completely accessible to anyone who enters, Sabinash said. It has a long hallway with offices and conference rooms on each side on the main level, and meeting and municipal court rooms on the lower level.
City officials agree that level of insecurity can be a problem.
"It's way too easy to wander the halls," said Muskego Police Chief Craig Moser.
The city has tried to increase security, but the layout makes that difficult.
"We've struggled a lot with this building," Chiaverotti said. "As sound as it is, it's just not secure."
The least expensive option of $496,146 would include more cameras, new and smaller counters, more secure doors, security work on the west half of the building, and access reduction to some parts of the main floor and all of the lower level (entirely except for nights when the Common Council or municipal court are in session), Sabinash said.
The medium security plan of $1,239,003 would extensively remodel both east and west halves of City Hall.
The large plan of $2,148,691 would reconfigure the entire first floor and basement, bringing the Common Council chambers to the first floor and moving the entrance, Sabinash said.
City officials will debate the City Hall questions — along with Sabinash's other unrelated city building recommendations — after department heads and aldermen have had a chance to study them, Chiaverotti said.
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