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Security bollards to be installed at SDHS entrance

Harkins Concrete to donate labor, county to buy posts
By Brian Gilliland | Mar 08, 2018
Photo by: File photo

(March 9, 2018) Among the items discussed by the Worcester County Commissioners and Sheriff Reggie Mason at a rare mid-meeting closed session two weeks ago was an older idea that had never been implemented: placing bollards at the entrance of Stephen Decatur High School.

Commissioner Jim Bunting, at the end of Tuesday’s regular meeting, said he investigated the idea and had a proposal for the board to consider.

Bunting said he contacted Harkins Concrete Construction in Salisbury and asked if it would donate the labor and concrete if the county paid for the bollards.

A bollard is a short, thick post used to divert traffic.

Bunting said the donation amount is in the neighborhood of $5,000-$10,000, and the posts would cost about $4,000-$4,500, but made a motion to fund the purchase with a not-to-exceed amount of $5,000.

The commissioners unanimously agreed to the idea.

“It’s about being proactive rather than reactive,” Bunting said.

Construction is expected to begin soon, and consist of two phases. Bunting said half would be done now, and the other half would be finished once summer vacation begins.

Bunting said the schools would choose the type of bollards to be installed, adding there are many styles and could even be painted in the school colors.

Commissioner Bud Church commended Bunting for investigating the idea, and called it “a hazard we overlooked.”

A requisition for an additional Sheriff’s deputy with school security responsibilities was also posted following the closed-doors meeting two weeks ago.

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