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SRO, redistricting issues ongoing

SRO, redistricting issues ongoing

September 12th, 2018 by Liz Morales, morales@californiademocrat.com in Local News

California City Hall

The City of California Board of Aldermen met at California City Hall for a regular session Sept. 4.

The board revisited the progress of hiring a school resource officer for the Moniteau County R-1 school district. Five years ago, Moniteau County R-1 Superintendent Dwight Sanders began asking questions about hiring a SRO for the district. His vision was to have an officer meet safety concerns if an unforeseen circumstance were to happen at either school building.

"In the past five years, there have been a lot of school shootings," Sanders said. "It would be a great idea for the community to take comfort in knowing that their children have a School Resource Officer, just in case."

The City of California, Moniteau County R-1 School district and the California Police Department have been working together since June to perfect the job description and responsibilities each organization would require of the SRO. While the finer details are still being worked out, a main requirement is constant between all three departments. That is to find an individual who will be "proactive in taking a stance for school safety." Communication between the City of California and the Moniteau County R-1 School district regarding an SRO is ongoing.

The council also reviewed ward maps of California concerning redistricting the territories. The main issue the council found was how the population density has changed since the last census. With this change in population, the board discussed how this could affect voting numbers in the changing wards. A decision on how to move forward will be made at the October meeting.

In other business:

  • The California Police Department approved a bid to purchase seven new pieces of body armor for the squad at $5,425.
  • A bid for a general code estimate for codifying ordinances was approved for an estimated $1,720 to $1,980.
  • The board of aldermen also approved a change order for a street department base remediation for the North Street water main and other street improvement projects along Missouri 87. An asphalt cost adjustment was approved in the same area.
  • The mayor also was approved to sign a pay application for Lehman Construction in the amount of $92,267.56. A change order was put into effect regarding a pump repair. The new company will be Independent Electric and the total cost for the work is $598.73.
  • The mayor was authorized to pay an application for Donald Maggi Inc. in the amount of $17,784.38. Gerhart explained that each project in the city limits is on schedule and is estimated to be completed by Halloween.