Columbiana adding metal detector for security at city hall

Columbiana’s safety forces were each presented with a check for $1,000 from the Columbiana Area Safety Council during the Tuesday council meeting. The police, fire and EMS departments were thanked for their efforts during the Nov. 16 winter storm that resulted in a state of emergency for the city. Pictured are (from left), EMS Director Tom Farley, fire Chief Rick Garrity, council clerk and chamber director Deann Davis, chamber Executive Director April Brinker and police Chief Tim Gladis. (Salem News photo by Katie White)

COLUMBIANA — A new portable metal detector will be installed soon at the city administrative building.

City Manager Lance Willard said during the Tuesday council meeting that the detector will provide an added level of security for those coming into city hall and Mayor’s Court.

Police Chief Tim Gladis has recommended a metal detector over the years and Willard said one was included in this year’s budget.

The new detector will be similar to the one at the county courthouse in Lisbon and cost roughly $3,000, Willard said.

“We’re excited to be able to add an extra layer of protection,” he said.

The detector will be installed in the coming weeks.

On another safety matter, the city’s safety forces were honored during the meeting by the Columbiana Area Safety Council, which provided the police, fire and EMS departments each with a $1,000 check as a show of thanks for their dedication to the city.

The safety council is sponsored by the Columbiana Area Chamber of Commerce and the checks were provided jointly by chamber director Deann Davis and chamber Executive Director April Brinker.

Davis said the goal of the safety council is to help companies in the area keep employees safe.

“During the recent weather emergency, the city crews and safety forces went above and beyond the call of duty to keep our employees and our resident safe,” Davis said.

She and Brinker both thanked the departments for making sure the city’s Light Up Night and Christmas Parade on Nov. 16 went ahead as scheduled, and with no problems.

The events were held the same day the city was declared to be in a state of emergency of a result of a winter storm that affected a large part of the county.

City officials, including the mayor and council members, have also thanked the safety forces for their work during the emergency.