Hoover to receive funds for school resource officers

HOOVER – Hoover will receive $28,500 from Shelby County to help fund school resource officers in the city’s four schools that are located in the county.

The Hoover City Council approved a resolution at its meeting on July 17 authorizing an agreement with the county regarding school security funding assistance.

The money will be used for Greystone Elementary School, Riverchase Elementary School, Berry Middle School and Spain Park High School.

“The county will provide funds to assist with school security expenses applicable to law enforcement services/school resource officers at the schools, and the city has developed school security plans and protocols that entails the presence of law enforcement in and around the schools,” the memorandum of agreement reads. “It is further the desire of the city and county in partnering with the school system to foster law enforcement visibility and security beyond the existing partnership of education, training and engagement through school resource officers or school liaison officers to enhance safety and security to provide law enforcement presence in and around the schools.”

Shelby County’s Safe Schools Initiative calls for funds to be distributed to all school systems operating schools in the county.

The initiative estimates the cost of providing an officer for a nine-month period at a school to be $60,000, or $28,451 for a retired officer to serve in a school resource role.

In other business, the council:

•Rejected the only bid received for police uniforms and accessories and voted to allow Mayor Frank Brocato to negotiate with Municipal & Commercial Uniform, the company that submitted a bid, at a price not to exceed the quoted bid amount.

•Approved updating signatures for an investment account at First National Bankers Bank. The people authorized to execute signature cards for the account are Brocato, City Clerk Margie Handley, Chief Financial Officer Melinda Lopez and Treasurer Robert Yeager.

•Elected to come under the provisions of a state act that allows a one-time lump-sum payment to qualifying retirees, at a cost of $148,938 that will be added on to the city’s monthly employer contribution to The Retirement Systems of Alabama.

•Approved an amendment to the plan for fire hydrants to be installed in the Lake Wilborn Phase 2 subdivision.

•Approved the annexation of Phase 3, about 20 acres of the 211 acres of Flemming Parcels 1 and 2, located adjacent to and to become part of the Trace Crossings PUD.