Friday, July 4, 2008

How Will the Key Access System Work?

The key system chosen for the Kings Forest pool matches our requirements for high security, simplicity of implementation, and cost-effectiveness. The system includes keys that cannot be duplicated at a Home Depot, Lowe’s or a hardware store. Each key is individually numbered, so when a resident registers for the family’s key, it will be recorded in a master list maintained by KFCA. Residents can obtain a second key if they wish, at an additional cost of $5. If the key is lost, replacement is $20. If a resident moves, the key must be returned to KFCA.
Keys are readily obtainable by contacting anyone on the Kings Forest board or committees, and contact information is always available at
The same key will unlock the parking lot gate, the entrance gate and the bathrooms. The meeting room will be keyed separately. The parking lot gate will be left unlocked during the day. The last family to leave at night is requested to close the gate.
Wire mesh has been welded onto the entrance door to prevent unauthorized entry. Signage has been revised and will be installed before transition to key access only. Total cost for installing the wire mesh, locking system, and signage will be approximately $1,000.
The Committee had investigated four key systems, ranging from electronic access cards to various key systems. The costs of implementing card access systems ran as high as $5,000, including requirements such as dedicated electrical wiring and/or phone line. The cards present certain problems, as they sometimes cease working, become bent, or the magnetic strip is damaged.
More important, a card access system would not give the resident access to the bathrooms, or through the parking lot gate, which would then require a key anyway.
At the Pool Registration Event on July 25, residents will have the opportunity to try out their keys in the locking system . The Kings Forest board and pool committee members will be on hand to answer questions and do everything possible to facilitate the transition.