Skenesborough Museum to update security system

B y Lee Tugas

In the coming months, the Skenesborough Museum will be more secure.

Reporting to the Whitehall Town Board recently, Carol Greenough, director of the Skenesborough Museum, announced that the museum would shortly be upgrading its security system.

Greenough reported to the board that the security system, installed in 1991, had developed problems.

“The motion and smoke detectors are operational,” she said. But the security system itself has problems, she added.

Greenough said the museum would not be working with the company that had installed the original security system; instead, two other companies had been contacted.

“I’ve spoken to Mahoney Notify and New York Fire and Security,” she said.

Greenough explained that it was not possible for either of these companies to directly repair the security system. Under law, only the company that installed it can do that, she said.

But representatives from both companies had told her, she said, that by working with the motion detector and smoke detector systems, “They can use that equipment and enhance it for security.”

Related technological matter

In a related piece of technological news, Town Clerk Julie Millet reported that the switch over from manual issuance of licenses to a computerized system was imminent.

The switch-over to the computer system, she said, would take four to five days, during which period she would not be able to issue hunting licenses, for example.

On the plus side, Millet reported that although Gov. Andrew Cuomo had lowered the price of hunting licenses and increased a town’s take on license fees from 1 to 5 percent.

In the future, Millet said, the town’s share of monies from issuing hunting licenses, even if the licenses are cheaper, would be larger.

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