MADISON (WKOW) -- Officials from the city of Madison and Dane County say a security patrol in Madison's City-County building is scheduled to begin Wednesday.
Complaints from workers in the building over people trespassing after public hours, and unsanitary conditions in bathrooms and other parts of the building peaked last week. Authorities say someone smeared feces on the low wall of a public meeting room in the building. Although has been identified as responsible for the damage, an encampment of members of the homeless community sleeps on the building's terrace by the front door.
Here's the email sent by County Risk Manager Dan Lowndes in response to inquiries from 27 News and others about security plans:
n response to your emails, staff from the City and the County met on Monday afternoon and made some decisions on the days, times and type of security needed for the CCB. Dane County is negotiating an amendment with its contract with JBM Security. I have attached an unsigned copy of the addendum. I fully expect both parties to sign this so that security services could start as early as Wednesday afternoon.
As you will see, the plan is to have JBM provide unarmed security personnel to enforce existing building rules after business hours (evening, weekends and holidays) as well as when the building opens for business on Monday morning and closes for business on Friday afternoon. The City has agreed to cover half of the cost of these services, and City and County staff will reconvene in early January to re-evaluate security needs.
Dan Lowndes, Risk Manager Dane County Department of Administration City-County Building, Room 425 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
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