An armed security guard now will be posted at all Common Council meetings, including committee meetings and regular business meetings.
The condition is part of the renewal contract for a second year with private security company G4S Secure Solutions to provide uniformed, armed guards at City Hall through June.
Common Council President Darius G. Pridgen said the added measure is for public safety during meetings.
The Council approved the contract renewal – which has a price tag of around $660,000 – on Tuesday. Fillmore District Council Member David Franczyk voted against it.
The guards already do more than guide visitors through metal detectors and run bags through X-ray screening. In their first year on duty, they found and confiscated switchblades, brass knuckles, tasers and shanks.
They also can detain a person carrying narcotics other than marijuana. And they can make arrests for crimes committed in their presence, but they have to call the Buffalo Police Department to take over arrest procedures.
• The Preservation Board meets at 3 p.m. today in conference room 901.
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