Scottsdale is going to pump more than $1 million into security at six city buildings to protect against possible attacks.
The measures, developed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and enhanced after the Feb. 26 Scottsdale mailbomb attack, could begin within 30 days.
"It’s not something that anyone wants to do, but it’s something we must do," Mayor Mary Manross said.
The City Council voted 7-0 Monday to approve funding over the next year for improvements, including two conveyor-type X-ray machines, security guards and more video surveillance equipment.
"This is not just something we dreamed up overnight. The threat is real," Councilman Bob Littlefield said. "There are people out there who don’t have our best interests at heart and feel a way to express their grievances in a violent manner. I think all we’re doing here is to try to make it harder for them to do that."
Don Logan, the city’s director of diversity and dialogue, was injured when a mail bomb addressed to him exploded in his hands Feb. 26 in the human resources building. The incident is still being investigated. Logan’s assistant, Renita Linyard, who was just outside the office when the package exploded, also was injured. Logan is at work part time. Linyard has not returned to work, said Pat Dodds, public affairs officer.
Jacque Bell, a senior human resources representative was in a nearby hallway when the package exploded, is back full time.
"It was a bomb made to kill somebody, not a bomb made to be a warning," Dodds said.
Security equipment will be delivered in four to six weeks, and guard stations will be up in 30 to 60 days, said City Manager Jan Dolan.
• City Hall: Guard station; barriers restricting access to office areas; more video surveillance; one "roving" guard between City Hall and One Civic Center.
• One Civic Center: Guard station; south entrance barriers to prevent vehicle access to sidewalk.
• North Corporation Yard, near police headquarters on Via Linda: Guard station at entrance; three guards.
• Human Resources Building: Lobby guard station; other entrances locked with electronic pads; security cameras.
• City Court: New X-ray machine.
• Scottsdale Center for the Arts: Barrier to prevent vehicle access.
A bomb-sniffing dog, K-9 officer and a hand-held explosive detection device also are part of the overall plan.