City Tightens Security

Security at City Hall has gotten tighter. Officials say they are not turning the screws for any particular reason. They say it’s time to do it before someone forces the issue.

Searches at the doorways of public meetings have become a sign of the times. It’s been going on for years at the Douglas County Courthouse. Everyone who enters the building goes through a metal detector.

Now, when you go to City Council meetings, your book bags and purses will be subject to search.

The Building Commission’s Paul Cohen said it’s, “not much different than when you go to a ballgame or a kids high school basketball game; pretty much the same thing.”

This security check is not as intense as going through a metal detector and there was no particular incident that prompted the safeguard.

Citizens and taxpayers who were held up outside of council chambers while their bags were being searched seem to understand

Bev Traub said, “These days we're very security conscious so it doesn’t bother me at all. I'm a regular visitor and it’s fine with me.”

Mary Jane Trumper told us, “I don’t mind the way that they did or it the fact that they did it. I just feel it’s a shame that we have to go to these extremes to provide for safety in public buildings but I think it’s a sad state of affairs that we have to do this.”

The increased security will also be evident before meetings of the Douglas County Board. The extra security will not add any cost. Current manpower is enough to handle to work.

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