Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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April 12, 2013

Warm weather brings security issue

A pair of Effingham County sheriff's deputies told an Effingham County Board committee Thursday there's a security issue at the Government Center courts building.

Sgt. Thad Brockett and deputy Jeremy Richardson told the Tax & Finance Committee of the Whole Thursday that county employees are propping open the back door at the courts building on a regular basis now that the weather is getting warmer.

"We've come to the conclusion that we don't want anybody coming in or out of that door," Brockett said.

Richardson dumped a number of triangular wood pieces onto the committee table to illustrate what is being used to keep the door open. He said he confiscated one piece at an employee's desk.

"I view these as liabilities," Brockett said. "Anybody can walk in this door and have access to any part of the building.

"It's a matter of keeping everyone safe," he added.

Richardson suggested department heads in the courts building be apprised of the situation. He added that keeping the door open could create a serious safety concern.

"If we allow access to the back door, we might as well take out the metal detector (at the front door of the building)," he said.

The committee agreed to forward the deputies' concerns to the Buildings & Grounds Committee for further review.

Also Thursday, the committee recommended full board consideration of a four-year tax abatement for Southeastern Container in the Effingham industrial park. Board Chairman Jim Niemann said the incentives would enable Effingham to keep its Southeastern plant.

Niemann added the company employs 42 people locally and plans to add at least a dozen more employees in the near future.

Effingham City Economic Development Director Todd Hull said the 282,000-square-foot plant would pick up additional production from its sister plant in Beloit, Wis., that would be closing soon.

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