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Training for first responders, budget on Grass Valley City Council agenda

Dave Brooksher
Staff Writer

The Grass Valley City Council will consider several items involving first responders this week including travel, training, and equipment for the Grass Valley Police Department.

Tonight's meeting will kick off with a badge pinning ceremony for GVPD Lt. Steve Johnson, who has been promoted from the rank of sergeant.

GVPD Lt. Alex Gammelgard will be seeking approval to use a Homeland Security grant to fund a trip to the Law Enforcement & Technology Exposition in Orlando, Fla., put on by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

The program will include keynote speakers, forums and technical workshops, as well as a large exhibit hall of products and services relevant to the law enforcement community.

The cost of attending the expo is currently estimated at roughly $2,200, but 100 percent of that cost will be covered by the grant, according to staff reports.

The GVPD is also asking the council to authorize the expenditure of $24,450 in asset forfeiture funds to purchase an unmarked vehicle for use by the officer assigned to the Narcotics Task Force.

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Grass Valley Fire is also seeking approval to use a $500 grant from Walmart to produce training videos for department personnel.

In other business, City Manager Bob Richardson will be presenting the Fiscal Year 2014/15 budget to the city council Tuesday night.

"We will be going forward with a completely balanced budget," Richardson said. "We'll also be laying out all the major work plans for each department."

Richardson requested additional time to work on the financial planning document earlier this summer, as he and Finance Director Mette Richardson (no relation) were new additions to city hall.

They are anticipating a $2 million budget shortfall over the coming years, as previously reported.

The City Council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. today in council chambers at 125 E. Main St. in Grass Valley.

To contact Staff Writer Dave Brooksher, email or call 530-477-4230.

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