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Council OKs creation of school resource officer

Police would have presence at Hall 3 or 4 days a week

SPRING VALLEY — The Spring Valley City Council approved the creation of a school resource officer position during Monday night’s meeting.

Police Chief Kevin Sangston explained that the resource officer will be at Hall High School three or four days a week. Hall has already approved paying up to $12,000 toward the officer.

“This is a great opportunity for us to help create a safe environment and and establish positive relations with the youth,” Sangston said.

Sangston explained that he will be moving schedules around to make it possible for an officer to be at Hall and that the city would not be using additional city funds to pay for the officer.

“We will work within the confines of our current budget, and there will be no increase in our budget. I will also continue to look for grant funding,” he said.

City Attorney Jim Andreoni explained that there is a clause in the ordinance that allows either the city or the school to cancel the agreement with 30 days notice if it is not working for either entity.

The ordinance was approved unanimously.

Alderman Dave Pellegrini said: “It’s a good thing. It shows we support our students and our school.”

In other news, the council approved an ordinance raising the number of liquor licenses from 17 to 19, which allowed the council to approve a liquor license for a new gambling parlor on Route 6 near St. Bede. Happy’s Gas Station changed from a class B to class A liquor license.

There will be Public Health and Safety, Finance, and Legislative Committee meetings starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22.

The next regular meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, in the council chambers.

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