Jax City Council preview: School Resource Officer, dog park votes scheduled

By Gary Scott on October 26, 2015 at 7:02am

A second School Resource Officer could be hired in District 117 as a result of action taken by Jacksonville aldermen tonight.

The City Council agenda includes a discussion on adding an SRO to be at Turner Junior High School in addition to the one at Jacksonville High School, and later a vote for a resolution on the matter.

At a recent committee meeting where the subject was broached, Jacksonville Police Chief Tony Grootens told aldermen the situation at Turner, especially over the first few weeks of schools, was bad enough to warrant having a full-time officer there.

Alderman will vote on a proposal for development by the University of Illinois for a conceptual master plan for the city’s new dog park, plus a resolution for support of a combined dispatch center in Morgan County.

Aldermen will also take a vote on water and sewer contracts with the Village of South Jacksonville, and whether to donate land at Community Park to the State of Illinois. Judy Tighe, the executive director of Jacksonville Main Street, will present the Richard Driehaus Award.

Tonight’s workshop begins at 6:30 at the Jacksonville Municipal Building.