Covelli Centre planning to install metal detectors

Youngstown City Council approved up to $30,000 for the purchase

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Recent terrorist attacks and mass shootings have businesses beefing up their security, and officials with the Covelli Centre believe it is time to do the same.

The Covelli Centre is looking to install permanent walk-through metal detectors at its gates, and on Wednesday, Youngstown City Council approved up to $30,000 to get bids for the new feature.

The City of Youngstown owns the Covelli Centre. Sean McKinney, the city’s building and grounds commissioner, said the city does the same with its other buildings.

“Just want to make sure that all of our citizens, or customers, or anyone who is attending an event at Covelli Centre is safe and secure,” McKinney said.

Right now, the Covelli Centre rents hand-wand metal detectors to use at each of their eight entrances, and those costs can build up.

“Instead of renting a few times a year, how it has been in the past, we’re seeing an increased volume of shows that want them. So purchasing them is the smartest choice at this point,” said Covelli Centre Assistant Director Ken Bigley

During its Wednesday meeting, City Council also approved money for two used pumper trucks for the Youngstown Fire Department. the trucks would replace two that don’t work anymore.

Fire Chief John O’Neill said the cost is a “good deal” for the fire department, as the two trucks cost about the same as buying one new one.

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