Opp council votes to add tighter security

Published 12:02 am Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Security at Opp City Hall will soon get tighter after officials voted to implement additional safety measures.

Among the safety features will be a new buzz-in system and bullet proof windows on doors leading into City Clerk Connie Smith’s office and into the area where receptionist Rolanda Anderson sits.

“After what happened to Jason (Bryan, city planner) last year, it’s our responsibility to protect our employees,” Mayor John Bartholomew said. “The police and utilities offices already have this.”

Last year, some disgruntled residents entered city hall and “jumped on” Bryan.

Additionally, the door leading to Anderson’s desk will feature a drawer through which residents can pass papers.

The estimated cost is $7,000 for the project.

Paul Catrett, who will be orchestrating the new doors, said it would take a few weeks for the bullet-proof glass to be ready and have a door built.

Councilman T.D. Morgan said he felt the project was “going to the extreme.”

“I don’t think anyone is going to shoot up,” he said.

Bartholomew said that’s just the attitude the city council in Kirkwood, Mo., had before the 2008 shooting.

A gunman with a grudge against the Kirkwood City Council killed six people and injured two others injured during a shooting rampage.

The council unanimously approved the project.