Sumter adds security measures to council meetings

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Visitors to Sumter City Council meetings will notice new security precautions are being taken at the Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St.

Sumter Assistant City Manager Al Harris said the new security measures, including an additional police guard and a metal detector on the first floor of the rear entrance to the opera house, is not, to his knowledge, a reaction to any specific threat or incident.

"We discussed it at a meeting several weeks ago," Harris said. "Just seeing the types of things going on around the country, we decided we needed to do something."

In addition to the metal detector, stations have been placed in the fourth-floor City Council Chambers to discourage visitors from getting too close to the council members.

Harris said more measures are under consideration.

Sumter City Council normally meets at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month.

Council's next meeting will be held on Tuesday in City Council Chambers where it will consider first reading of an ordinance to amend the city's procurement ordinance and consider a list of city and county streets for paving or resurfacing.