Commissioners open bids for HR security upgrades | News


TOWANDA — The Bradford County Commissioners last week opened bids for a safety and security enhancement project for the county’s human resources office, which is located on Main Street in Towanda.

The upgrades are needed due to an increase on the demands of children and youth services (CYS) from the state, resulting in threatening behaviors at the local level, according to Commissioner Doug McLinko.

“The CYS has to be much more thorough now because of state-generated mandates,” he said. “It’s all stemming from the Jerry Sandusky case. The state wants to make sure children are protected.”

Those mandates have thus generated an elevated security risk at the facility, where incidents have occurred that risked the safety of employees, said McLinko.

“It’s about making sure we create a safe working environment and secure the building for our employees,” he said.

The proposed upgrades are to take place over two phases, with phase one calling for the replacement of doors and walls of the facility with bullet-resistant materials, and phase two which will make the glass on the outside of the building bulletproof.

Eighty percent of the cost for the work will be reimbursed by the state, McLinko noted.

Two companies submitted bids for the work — Ibis Tek of Butler County and Total Security Solutions, which is based in Fowlerville, Mich.

Ibis submitted a bid of $34,150 for only phase two of the project, while Total Security submitted bids of $13,464 for phase one and $14,129 for phase two.

The commissioners voted to take the bids under advisement.

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