However, officials are now considering closing the driveway in front of the city building permanently.
“You could walk in and shoot people and walk right back out get in the car and be gone,” Adkins said. “It’s the type of thing that we hope never happens … But we’re always trying to balance that between safety and public access.”
Adding metal detectors at the building’s entrance “might be a little expensive and a little tough,” Adkins said.
Police have increased security at the City Building, including adding more cameras inside the building and in the parking lots, according to Middletown police Lt. Jimmy Cunningham.
If the city moves forward on the recommendation, the law department will need to ensure any changes are compliant with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, Adkins said. That may involve creating additional parking spaces, reconfiguring sidewalks, and redesigning entrances to make it easier to people with the disabilities to access the city building.
“It will take a lot of work,” Adkins said.
Councilman Talbott Moon said officials should move forward on the plan.
Vice Mayor Dora Bronston agreed with Moon, adding “… there are so many things going on around the country right now that we need to be proactive and more and more cautious than we have been in the past.”