WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington City Council will try out new security measures at its meeting tonight.
The new measures for City Council meetings include additional police officers, limiting access to Council Chambers in City Hall and metal detectors. The metal detectors will be in place tonight, but they will not be activated. Starting tonight, though, the only way into Council Chambers will be via the stairway facing Chestnut Street on the Thalian Hall side of City Hall.
The full safety measures are planned to be in effect at the March 18 City Council meeting, the city says.
According to a news release, the call for security upgrades in City Council chambers has resurfaced several times over the last several years, but was not prompted by one event or individual.
The New Hanover County Commission increased security measures, including more deputies, metal detectors and limited entry points, at its meetings starting in June 2011 because of what country leaders called the serious issues they deal with. A few months later they added more security due to concerns about Commissioner Brian Berger after commissioner stripped him of much of his power.