Friday, Mar. 08, 2013
Police department looks for more STEP grants
By Bethany Bashioum
The Harrisonville Police Department is looking once again to receive additional grant funds to help keep city streets safer.
The Harrisonville Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a resolution during a regularly-scheduled meeting March 4 to authorize their support on the police department’s application to continue seeking support from the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Special Traffic Enforcement Program.
Police Chief John Hofer said that the City of Harrisonville has participated in the STEP program since 2001.
“This program provides funding for overtime pay, specifically allowing for an officer to target high traffic crash areas with enforcement,” Hofer said.
In their 2013-2014 application, the police are requesting $12,000 in assistance. Half of the money would be slated for sobriety checkpoints and driving while intoxicated enforcement. The other half would be spent in enforcing hazardous moving violations, such as speeding.
If approved for the grant, the city would also not be responsible for matching the funds that they receive.
“These grant programs are specifically for overtime associated with the enforcement of traffic violations, and reimbursed to the city on a monthly basis,” Hofer said.
During the meeting, aldermen approved minor amendments to the city’s 2013 operational budget.
“Our work cycles aren’t going to always coincide with the cutoff of the fiscal year,” Finance Director Mike Tholen said.
The amendments being made were in regard to encumbrances, as well reappropriations of funds for monies for various reasons that had not been spent.
The only significant new appropriations in the request corresponds with the police station project the board recently approved.
In other meeting news, the board also approved special event permits.
The first permit approved was an application for the Harrisonville Public School Foundation to host a 5K run/walk event for Saturday, Sept. 28.
The second special event permit approved was for the annual Memory Miles Walk fundraiser from Harrisonville to Freeman on Saturday, June 1.