The Town of Ocean View has been looking at ways to step up their security on the second floor of the Wallace A. Melson municipal building, located on Central Avenue.
Last month, the Ocean View Town Council decided to seek bids to make the improvements, including maglocks, card readers and a high-definition vandal dome camera outside the elevator. The Town budgeted $40,000 for the work in next year’s budget.
The three bids they received for the project were between $64,262 and $81,800.
Town Manager Dianne Vogel spoke adamantly to the council that they needed to find the money to make this project work, and she gave solid reasons.
“You just don’t walk into a government building and walk around,” said Vogel. “That’s the way it has been for many, many years. It’s not a matter of ‘if,’ it’s a matter of when a disgruntled homeowner or a disgruntled ex-employee is going to come back...”
Unfortunately, Vogel is right. We don’t think of Ocean View as a hotbed of violence, and it’s not, but news programs are filled with horrifying stories like the ones Vogel suggested, and they’re often taking places in locales that are not associated with being particularly dangerous. It’s why the police, fire and EMS teams train so hard for active-shooter situations and other possibilities... you just never know.
The council found the money, by eliminating the budget item to replace the bandstand at John West Park next year.
The new bandstand would have been a true treat for the town, but they chose wisely. Safety must be the Town’s top priority.