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City council calls emergency meeting about security

The Concord City Council will hold a special nonpublic meeting tonight to discuss emergency operations.

“It’s focused on security issues related to governmental public meetings,” said City Manager Tom Aspell.

Councilors received notice of the meeting yesterday afternoon.

Police Chief John Duval said he could not discuss the specifics of the meeting because it is nonpublic. “There are some non-imminent operational concerns I want to share with the council,” Duval said.

Under state law, the council is permitted to enter nonpublic sessions to discuss the preparation for and carrying out of emergency functions.

They can discuss operations “that are directly intended to thwart a deliberate act that is intended to result in widespread or severe damage to property or widespread injury or loss of life,” according to the law.

Mayor Jim Bouley could not be reached by deadline. Several councilors reached yesterday said they did not know what the meeting is about or why it was called.

“If this were a serious public safety issue, we would not be noticing a meeting for 24 hours,” said Councilor Dan St. Hilaire, who said he also does not know details about the meeting.

The meeting begins at 5:15 p.m. in the city council’s chambers.

(Laura McCrystal can be reached at 369-3312 or lmccrystal@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @lmccrystal. Annmarie Timmins can be reached at 369-3323 or atimmins@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @annmarietimmins.)

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