"It's the old poker hand, never have your back to the door. but my backs to the door all the time" says Alderman Jacobson
It's twelve "yes" votes that make alderman Lenny Jacobson feel slight safer with his back to the crowd...Thats because Rockford Aldermen unanimously voted "yes" to beefing up security within council chambers.
"Our goal here is to make it perfectly clear what's acceptable and whats not at city council meetings" Says Mayor Morrissey
and what"s acceptable means anyone sitting in the audience must remove coats and jackets before entering the chambers.....keep signs to eight and a half by eleven inches in size and hold them below shoulder level.. and one of the big changes.. capacity must be limited to sitting room only
i think it's very imperative that we don't flood the city council meetings ..also when you have a big billboard and an officer can't see whats behind it anything can happen" Says Alderman Jacobson
Mayor Larry Morrisey says police will continue to patrol council halls..and this initiative opens the door to not only making council chambers safe, but the entire building as well.
"I try and identify issues that are out there and ones that we want to address and make sure our entire building is safe for our staff and the people who are doing business here" Says Mayor Morrissey
City leaders hope in the long run, Alderman feel safe. regardless of where they're seated.