The U.S. Conference of Mayors
2007 ADOPTED RESOLUTIONS
CRIMINAL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

PROTECTING CITY CRITICAL ASSETS UNDERGROUND INFRASTRUCTURE AND MANHOLE SECURITY

WHEREAS, there are approximately 9 million manholes in the nation's metropolitan and urban areas; and

WHEREAS, the underground houses critical assets, such as telecommunications cable and fiber optics, telephone lines, (voice, data, video, audio, digital) gas and electric lines, water and sewer pipes, transit systems that are our lifelines for commerce, safety and general welfare; and

WHEREAS, manholes, only covered by manhole-covers, are the access points to the underground critical infrastructure and assets are open and apparent access-targets, and are; and

WHEREAS, an attack of terrorism, vandalism or sabotage to our nation's underground infrastructure can cause devastating and paralyzing damage to our communities in service, communication, utility, transit interruptions, loss of business operations and systems, loss of revenue, and have a paralyzing effect upon a city; and

WHEREAS, the manholes are unsecured or inadequately secured and access to the underground infrastructure and critical assets can be so readily accomplished, by lifting the manhole cover or by a turn or clip; such effortless breach of security invites attack and is further conducive to unplanned and surprise attack; and

WHEREAS, technology exists for manholes to be cost effectively secured by a self contained independent locking device,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the United States Conference of Mayors supports federal policy, study and funding that secures our cities' vulnerable underground infrastructure by protecting against breaches of our most critical manholes; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that such funding would be a pilot program and would NOT be a set-aside or in any other way have a negative effect on current dollars the U.S. Department of Homeland Security distributes to our nation's mayors for critical homeland security efforts.

2007 The U.S. Conference of Mayors
Tom Cochran, Executive Director
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