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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Lehigh County Gov't Center Installs Metal Detectors

Fast on the heels of the Gabrielle Giffords tragedy comes word that Lehigh County will implement new security procedures, starting today, at its Government Center on 7th & Hamilton Streets, in Allentown. It's a coincidence, but even governments as far away as Minnesota are now reviewing safety protocols. Congressman Charlie Dent told WFMZ-TV69 that federal authorities will likely insist on a police presence at future town halls.

In Lehigh, metal detectors have been installed at the building’s main entrance and keycard readers have been placed on exterior doors. Employees have been issued ID cards with electronic access codes, but the rest of us will be corralled through the Seventh Street entrance, and pass through a security checkpoint and a metal detector. Side entrances to the building will no longer be available to the public.

The building will continue to be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and for publicly-advertised meetings as scheduled. The Government Center will now have the same security measures as the Lehigh County Courthouse, Fifth and Hamilton Streets, Allentown.

“The public will continue to have full access to the Lehigh County Government Center, but a higher level of security will be established to ensure a safer environment for all who use the building,” County Executive Don Cunningham said. “This will create the exact same level of security at the government center that has long been in place down the street at the county courthouse.”

The security upgrade has long been a part of the building’s master plan and was part of the 2010 budget proposed last year by Cunningham and approved by the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners.

Glenn "Commissioner No" Eckhart had asked for cattle prods, but was overruled. This dude is gonna' have a problem.


Anonymous said...

How about full body scanners and enhanced pat downs? Reportedly that is the best way to provide full security.

Anonymous said...

If 1 or 2 people refuse to go through them, they'll likely be arrested. If 50% or more of the people entering the gov't center refuse, the metal detectors would be gone in a day.

Anonymous said...

Just read how Paul Kanjorski called for the assassination of one of Florida's gubernatorial candidates in the last election. I'm more afraid of the nuts who are already inside government buildings.

Kanjorski lost his race, but his stain lingers and stinks. Today he's penned an op ed calling for civility. This, just months after he called for another politician to be put against a wall and shot.

Good riddance to a dangerous man. And they're worried about us?

Anonymous said...

Cite source please. This isn't faux news

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Fair, balanced, and unafraid:

Kanjorski's unemployed and flinging feces from his cage for a reason:


Turn off Keith Olberman and stop thinking Jon Stewart is a serious journalist.

Bernie O'Hare said...


Anonymous said...

Oh god. Dent has to go.