Metal detectors and X-ray machines will greet visitors to Scottsdale City Hall on Monday as security upgrades planned for more than a year take effect.
The city has spent $1 million to install protective measures at its government buildings. Private security personnel will patrol City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., and record who goes where.
The City Council funded the upgrades in April 2004, two months after a mail bomb injured three Scottsdale employees.
"All visitors to City Hall are going to have to go through the front entrance and they’ll be subjected to the same type of screening that you have at an (airport) or courts or other cities," said Marc Eisen, Scottsdale homeland security director. "Nothing onerous."
Visitors who bring bags or purses will be required to have them scanned by the X-ray machine as the metal detector checks them for weapons, Eisen said. Once inside the building, visitors will be directed to either the city clerk’s window to get passports and city records, or to the front desk to check in.
To go farther, visitors will have to have an appointment with a city employee or a City Council member, he said.
Visitors without appointments will be guided by security personnel and front-desk clerks to appropriate staff members to assist them.
Turnstiles have been installed in the passageways leading to city offices and the council’s meeting space, restricting access, Eisen said. Most people moving beyond the front desk will need to be escorted.
The heightened security is not expected to disrupt operations, City Clerk Carolyn Jagger said. "We’re ready and, as a matter of fact, we’re bending over backwards to make sure this goes as smooth as we possibly can."