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Posted: Sunday, March 7, 2004 6:38 am | Updated: 4:48 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Scottsdale wants to beef up security at City Hall and its adjacent municipal building with a variety of measures that would restrict access to worker offices and nonpublic spaces.

The effort is part of a yearlong security plan that was scheduled to be voted on next month.

But the package bomb that injured three Scottsdale employees on Feb. 26 may hasten the security plan’s approval and has officials pondering whether to make it even more stringent.

"We’ve been planning this for a long time. It’s rather strange timing, I know, but we had already put this on the City Council agenda about two or three weeks ago," said Marc Eisen, Scottsdale’s emergency services director.

"Because of the bombing incident, of course, security has become an interesting topic to everyone. We are reviewing everything we have recommended in light of (the) incident."

Eisen said both City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., and One Civic Center, 7447 E. Indian School Road, would have a security officer at both of the buildings’ information desks.

Visitors would be required to sign in at the desk, cleared by the security officer and given a badge to access the building, Eisen said.

There also would be more "electronic access" points, turnstiles and security cameras throughout the buildings, he said.

The cost was originally estimated at $200,000, but it could exceed that price if officials opt for more stringent measures.

The City Council is scheduled to vote on the security plan on April 20.

City spokesman Pat Dodds said it could be moved up in light of the recent mail bomb, which exploded in the hands of city Diversity and Dialogue director Don Logan.

Employees Renita Linyard and Jacque Bell also were injured.

Since the explosion, the city has increased security at municipal buildings, placed bomb-sniffing dogs in the central mail room, and pledged to buy X-ray equipment to scan incoming mail.

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