Anyone attending a meeting at Concord City Hall on Feb. 11 and beyond will see an enhanced security measure, the city has announced.
Handheld or walk-through metal detectors will be used when planning and zoning meetings, council work sessions, adjustment meetings and any other necessary meeting is held. Staff will be undergoing training during normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Anyone entering City Hall during those hours may have to comply with the screening process.
A press release from the city offered some tips to make the screening process go as smoothly and quickly as possible. First, arrive about 30 minutes before the scheduled meeting to avoid any possible delays. Be aware that purses, backpacks, diaper bags and items of that nature will be searched. Loose items, including pocket change and cellphones, will be placed in bins for staff to visually screen.
The police department will not hold prohibited items in order for a person to gain entry. People who have a prohibited item, a pocketknife for example, will have to take the item elsewhere, like a vehicle.