WESTBOROUGH – Security upgrades could be on the horizon for Town Hall.
According to documents provided for the Capital Improvement Plan, Town Hall currently has a fire alarm but no burglar alarm, access control or security cameras.
“The building is used frequently during off hours to permit committee meetings to occur, and doors are left unlocked without municipal representation. The lack of accountability for personnel within the building creates a liability,” according to documents within the CIP. “Recently, there have been several incidents at municipal buildings which validate this request.”
As part of the Capital Improvement Plan for the 2025 fiscal year, the town is requesting a transfer from free cash of $89,813 to install access control and security cameras at Town Hall.
The project is estimated to total $129,812.58, with state funds covering part of the costs.
The request was filed by the town’s Emergency Management Division, which is headed by Fire Chief Patrick Purcell.
The upgrades are part of a safety and security project initiated for fiscal 2024; improved camera systems have already been installed at the Forbes Municipal Building, the fire station and in all of the public schools in town.