Sign here: Vis­i­tors to see new rule to en­ter Pottsville City Hall

The Republican Herald - - LOCAL - by amy marchiano STAFF WRITER con­tact the writer: amarchi­ano@re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com; 570-628-6028

POTTSVILLE — Vis­i­tors to City Hall will need to con­form to a new rule when en­ter­ing the build­ing.

The rule, im­posed last week, re­quires guests to sign in at the desk be­fore be­ing al­lowed ac­cess in­side.

The glass door to gain ac­cess to the rest of build­ing is locked, and, af­ter sign­ing in, is elec­tron­i­cally un­locked.

“This has been a plan that we have been work­ing on to im­prove the safety for quite some time. We just want to keep track of who is com­ing into the build­ing,” City Ad­min­is­tra­tor Thomas A. Pala­mar said.

Pala­mar said the change is a con­tin­u­a­tion of a pro­gram that started four years ago. Em­ploy­ees al­ready have ID badges. “We are not try­ing to pre­vent peo­ple from com­ing into the build­ing,” Pala­mar said.

Mayor James T. Mul­downey said the change is some­thing peo­ple will have to get used to.

“It’s for their safety,” he said, adding it is also for the safety of the em­ploy­ees.

This far, they have en­coun­tered no op­po­si­tion. When asked if iden­ti­fi­ca­tion might be re­quired in the fu­ture, he said it may be con­sid­ered.

Mered­ith Han­non, Mul­downey’s sec­re­tary, said that, un­for­tu­nately, the world has changed from years ago.

“It’s a sign of the times. Em­ployee and vis­i­tor safety is cer­tainly a key el­e­ment of keep­ing City Hall a safe and pro­duc­tive place to work,” she said.

“This has been a plan that we have been work­ing on to im­prove the safety for quite some time. We just want to keep track of who is com­ing into the build­ing.” thomas a. Pala­mar Pottsville city ad­min­is­tra­tor

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