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