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Security at city hall discussed by council

Published 7:59pm Wednesday, October 2, 2013

With just over a month remaining until the scheduled completion of the new Dadeville City Hall, councilman Mickey Tarpley noted a detail that hadn’t been addressed.

“We have not addressed the security situation at our new city hall,” Tarpley said.

The council held a special meeting Tuesday afternoon to begin discussing security measures.

Tarpley said the security situation at the new city hall had been on his mind since he had come across news reports of the 2008 city council shooting at in Kirkwood, Mo. There, a disgruntled resident shot and killed a police officer, took his weapon and slipped into a city council meeting just after attendees had finished the Pledge of Allegiance.

Charles Lee Thornton shot and killed the city’s mayor, two council members, two police officers and the director of public works before local police officers responded and killed him.

“Any time that anyone’s mad at us, or about their bill, there’s no way that we could control them,” he said.

Tarpley noted the metal detector at the Tallapoosa County Courthouse, just a few blocks away from them.

The courthouse, he said, doesn’t handle any more money than we do, but there’s a very thorough security check.

He said he didn’t have much information about how much it would cost.

Councilman Randy Foster noted that chances were good that the courthouse security upgrade was paid for using funding from the federal Department of Homeland Security.

Tarpley said he would look into whether that would be possible in Dadeville.

The new city hall is on schedule for completion in the first few weeks of November. It will be located on Broadnax Street at the former McKelvey Chevrolet building.