Accessing the Sumpter Township Parks and Recreation Building will be limited to those who have new keys to the structure.
Members of the township board of trustees agreed unanimously at the Sept. 28 meeting to have new locks installed at the building and keys distributed by Township Clerk Esther Hurst's office.
The proposal for the new security measure came from Trustee Tim Rush who is also the board representative on the Parks and Recreation Commission in the township. He said that the locks had not been changed for several years and that the commission members and the township officials no longer have an accurate record of who is in possession of keys to the building where equipment is stored.
“It's a security issue,” he said in response to a question from fellow Trustee Peggy Morgan. “It's a valuable building. Just as we rekeyed township hall. The clerk is the keeper of the keys,” he added.
“I've been on the parks and rec since 2016,” Rush said. “This is just a security procedure. The building is a significant investment and we need to ensure the security of the building.”
Trustee Matt Oddy agreed with the proposal.
“This is a good move and the parks and rec commission has agreed. We don't know who has keys. As the commission recommended the measure, it goes along with the securing of a township asset.”
The motion was approved by a unanimous vote of the board members.