Reynoldsburg News

City seeks grant for community resource officer


Reynoldsburg City Council this week authorized the chief of police to apply for a grant that could fund a community resource officer and approved a transfer of funds to hire a part-time employee at the senior center.

Acting during their regular meeting Monday, May 13, council members approved a motion to authorize Police Chief Jim O'Neill to apply for a grant from the COPS Hiring Program through the U.S. Department of Justice. If is is approved, it would cover 75 percent of the approved entry-level salary and benefits for a full-time community resource officer.

O'Neill said the community resource officer would be assigned to the Brice Road-Livingston Avenue area.

An ordinance to allow the purchase of a new Programmable Logic Controller system to control all the jail doors in the police department received a first reading Monday.

O'Neill said the current system that secures the jail doors and other doors in the department has proprietary software that is no longer supported. He said Viper Protection Services could replace the system with non-proprietary software.

The police budget would support $17,000 of the cost, with the balance of $2,978.38 as a transfer from the special law enforcement account.

Council also approved a transfer from the parks and recreation budget to the senior center budget to allow $12,835.14 for a part-time employee. Parks and Recreation Department Director Joe Brown asked for the transfer of funds during council's May 6 committee meetings.

"I'd like to add a part-time person for maintaining the building and ensure a city employee is on hand to secure the building and participate in programming during weekend hours," Brown said. "We do not want to leave the building under the watch of just the participants."

Council members also heard the first reading of an ordinance to purchase an 18-inch planer and fast-cut drum for the street department.

Public Service Director Nathan Burd said the planer, which would cost $11,000, would be used to "smooth out bumps in the roads."

He said the city spent $5,500 to smooth 11 bumps in city roads two years ago and that it would cost $500 per bump to outsource the work.

The legislation that received first readings will be discussed again during committee meetings that begin at 7:30 p.m. May 20 at Reynoldsburg City Hall, 7232 E. Main St.