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The Watertown City Council is expected tonight to pick a firm to handle security at Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library.

In recent years, library officials have talked about increasing security at the Washington Street facility after having to deal with such major incidents as finding a loaded gun in a restroom, several drug deals, fights between patrons, a man selling urine from a dog for urine tests and numerous property thefts.

During this year’s budget process, council members agreed to pay for additional unarmed security, but not the 65 hours a week that library officials requested. They put $43,000 in the 2013-14 budget to pay for it.

At tonight’s meeting, the council is being asked to hire low bidder Denog Protective Security Services Inc., New York City, at a cost of $15.35 per hour. Library officials will use the security officers during peak patron times and for special events.

When time permits, city police officers also do walk-throughs at the library.

In addition, the library’s board of trustees voted in May to appropriate $25,000 to pay for 10 more security cameras, a keypad lock and staff training.

In other action, the council will be asked to hire Public Sector HR Consultants LLC to develop an employee handbook and supporting policies for the city. The Glenville firm would be paid $6,500 for the work. City Manager Sharon A. Addison mentioned the project during budget talks this year.

The council also will be asked to authorize the sale of a variety of Public Works and Parks and Recreation department vehicles and equipment. Anyone interested can view them on Auctions International’s website.

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