Written by Kathy Olivarez Friday, 27 June 2014 10:31
The Mission Police Department will be able to bring in eight more officers through a federal grant that will pay 75 percent of their salaries for three years.
The Community-Oriented Policing Services grant was one of two grants for the police department approved at the Monday city council meeting.
Police Chief Roberto Dominquez said the COPS grant annually helps growing cities get an adequate number of policemen to serve their needs. The second grant, for $119,577, is a supplemental Stonegarden grant to pay overtime and purchase equipment to aid with border security.
Also Monday, the city council approved an ordinance authorizing the sale of refunding bonds for the waterworks and sewer system bonds approved in 2004. The move will result in a savings of $1,858,000 for the city of Mission. The bonds currently have a principal balance of $10,849,000.