Wednesday April 21, 2004
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that Louisville Metro government has received about $3 million in grant funding to provide security upgrades for government buildings and facilities.
The Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) funds were recently approved by the state Department for Homeland Security, Abramson said. Metro officials have been working on the funding with state and federal officials since last year.
“This community is much safer to today than it was before 9-11,” Abramson said. “With the improvements that we are making, Louisville will be even better prepared for future threats posed by man and nature.”
Security upgrades will be made to Louisville Metro Hall, City Hall and the buildings surrounding the main government complex downtown. Upgrades also will be made at the Health Department on East Gray Street and at the Police Dispatch Center on Barret Avenue. In addition, the grants will pay for additional security fencing and other upgrades at TARC’s bus compound and security improvements at water treatment facilities operated by the Louisville Water Company.
A little more than half of the grant dollars – about $1.8 million – will be devoted to security upgrades in the Metro government buildings downtown. Work is expected to start within the next 30 days and must be completed by May 2005.
Security upgrades will include:
In Metro Hall, electronic card readers will be installed at the side and front entrances to the building for employee access. Visitors will continue to enter through the back entrance along Congress Alley. A magna scanner will be added and security guards will have hand-held detectors. An emergency electrical generator also will be installed for the building.
Electronic scanners for employees also will be added, along with a magna scanner and hand-held detectors for security guards, in the Fiscal Court building, which houses the County Attorney’s office, the Property Valuation Administrator and the Sheriff.
In the City Hall Building, which houses the Metro Council and other governmental offices, the front entrance along Jefferson Street will be re-opened for public and employee access. An electronic keypad will be in place for employees and a magna-scanner will be installed for visitors. Security guards with hand-held detectors also will be deployed at the front entrance.
An electronic keypad will be added to the back door along Congress Alley for employee access. At the Health Department, a backup emergency generator is being installed. Abramson said the addition is critical because the Health Department is a repository for antibiotics, which would be used in the event of an emergency. The Health Department also has a lab -- unique in the state -- that can provide immediate testing and identification of unknown substances in the event of an emergency. And, at the Police Dispatch Center, an emergency generator is being installed along with a separate HVAC system.
TARC will receive nearly $400,000 to provide security fencing and sliding hydraulic gates for its bus compound.
The Louisville Water Company will receive a little more than $400,000 to provide additional surveillance and detection systems at treatment plants and pumping stations. The water company serves more than 830,000 customers and processes more than 180 million gallons of water a day.
The community – as the state’s largest urban center – continues to need federal and state assistance to make security improvements, Abramson said. “We will continue to do everything we can to protect our people and the critical infrastructure of this community.”