SRO heading to Grandview schools earlier than expected

GRANDVIEW - Grandview Police Chief David Charvet told the Grandview City Council Monday night at its study session that his department could supply a student resource officer (SRO) to the school district earlier than expected.

City and the school district officers met last month and discussed bringing back the position of SRO at the beginning of 2007.

City administrator Scott Staples told the council that school superintendent Kevin Chase had indicated he would like to start the program earlier. The city and the school district would split the cost of the officer, each paying $3,000 a month.

Charvet said he has had an officer volunteer for the position and thinks he could have a SRO in place as early as Nov. 1.

He said his department has two new officers that are still going through training. Charvet told the council he will move one seasoned officer to the SRO position and then would like to hire another officer.

During the study session, where police department direction and priorities were discussed, Charvet answered questions from the council on many issues, one being animal control.

Charvet said his animal control officer is doing a good job.

"She's trying to work with the people," he said.

He said last month the animal control officer was able to find homes for 24 dogs while only destroying three. He said the month before the animal shelter had to kill 24 dogs and only adopted out three.

"She's trying hard and she's learning," Charvet told the council.

He added the current shelter is inadequate and a new one would be needed.

"We will be addressing that around budget time," he said.

Council member Joan Souders asked Charvet about loud music from cars in Grandview's neighborhoods.

Charvet said the three biggest nuisances are speeding in neighborhoods, dogs and loud music. About the loud music Charvet said, "...We stop them when we hear them, see them and observe them."

He added there wasn't much more the police could do.

At the council's regular meeting after the study session they heard from Parks and Rec Director Mike Carpenter about the Beautification Commission's recommendations on planting new varieties of trees in Grandview.

The commission spent time over the summer visiting local nurseries to find out what types of trees would boost the character, color and overall beauty of Grandview's street tree program. Careful consideration was given to ease of maintenance, disease resistance, drought conditions and colors displayed during the growing season.

The proposed varieties include: Autumn Blaze Maple, Sparticus White Ash, Cimmaron Green Ash, Shademaster Honey Locust, Spring Snow Crabapple, Chanticleer Flowering Pear and Greenspire Little Leaf Linden.

Carpenter told the council all of these trees had been researched and the commission feels confident the trees will thrive in a street tree planting environment.

The new trees will mostly replace the Columnar Hornbeams along Wine Country Road. Carpenter told the council the new varieties are available locally for $35 per caliper inch. He said the suggested planting size would be a two-inch caliper and the best time to plant would be in mid-October.

The council voted to accept the recommendations of the Beautification Commission.


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