"The heightened security measures employed Tuesday were largely procedural and probably went unnoticed by those who attended the meeting.Plans also include possibly blocking off parts of surrounding streets on meeting dates.
Increasing safety further will cost from several hundred to several thousand dollars, according to Morristown Police Chief Roger Overholt.
The possibilities include a metal detector or hand-held wand at the public entrance of Council Chambers, a video monitoring system and enhanced communications equipment, according to Overholt."
Have some credible threats been made towards the council? I surely hope not, and fortunately the city's police department is but a few yards away from council chambers. Some years back, at least one police officer has been stationed inside council chambers during meetings, which seems like a sound idea.
I do find it odd that while the city has so far not been willing to record and broadcast their mid-day meetings on local cable TV outlets, they are considering aiming cameras at those who attend meetings and requiring security checks to enter the council chambers. The pessimist in me wonders if some residents will decide these measures will make them reluctant to attend meetings