CARTHAGE, Mo. —
The Carthage City Council on Tuesday night heard a report on the success of a community policing project recently completed by the Carthage Police Department.
Crime has been reduced and other issues have been addressed in neighborhoods north of Central Avenue as a result of the project, according to police Chief Greg Dagnan.
The area is the third targeted by the department in a program designed to reduce crime and to increase the number of positive contacts between police and residents.
As part of the project, officers talked with residents about crime prevention and worked with them to resolve problems such as nuisance violations and even some problems not traditionally handled by law enforcement, such as helping people find assistance through community resources.
Churches and other groups provided assistance, and joined police officers and others in a work day on April 21. About 75 volunteers helped in neighborhood cleanup — filling four large bins with trash and debris — and completed maintenance and repair projects on some homes.
Police, city crews and volunteers also worked together to help a resident demolish a dilapidated property. About 100 residents also were referred for help, such as food or clothing, or housing upgrades offered by the Economic Security Corporation to reduce utility bills.
Mayor Mike Harris presented a certificate of appreciation to Roy “Peck” Schrader, who has donated his time and equipment in the demolition of dilapidated properties in the city.
The council also:
• Advanced on first reading an agreement with Midway Sheet Metal for the installation of an air conditioning unit at the Can Do Senior Center.
• Advanced on first reading two contracts with Blevins Asphalt Construction for street paving, and for milling and paving on the courthouse square.
The council gave final approval to a request by Dwight and Linda Arner to annex into the city property located at 1105 and 1107 Baker St.