A year after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that killed thousands and spurred a pledge to improve security at Charleston's City Hall, little of the $100,000 set aside for the task has been spent.
City Council approved Mayor Jay Goldman's plan to spend the money on security last December, but so far, only a standing metal detector and two hand-held security wands have been bought. Those expenditures amount to about $8,000.
Goldman said Wednesday that the money still exists. In typical cryptic fashion, he wouldn't outline how it would be spent.
"The plans are sealed in a mayonnaise jar in City Manager Sherry Risk's office," he joked.
He later acknowledged that the city is still shopping for an ID card system that would both provide admittance to the building and city parking garages.
Goldman indicated that an ID card system would eat up most of the money. The mayor indicated earlier this year that he would take a "wait and see" approach to implementing the changes, which also originally called for hiring retired police officers to patrol City Hall.
Others question the need for heavy security when terrorists are much more likely to strike big city targets.