City Council voted Thursday to table a resolution submitted by the Police Department to create a new position of police attorney that would have adjusted the city’s already approved 2013 budget.
The council voted 6-4 in favor of voting on the resolution at another time after Councilor Jeanine Best suggested the item required more discussion.
According to the resolution, the new position would assist the Police Department in the areas of Municipal Court, [auth] Magistrate Court and District Court prosecutions.
Council also voted in favor of a resolution for the city to apply for government funding to improve streets and sidewalks in the area around Mesa Middle School.
The council voted unanimously to submit an application to the Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant Program, which provides funding for neighborhood improvement projects in areas classified as low and moderate income.
During the four public meetings held to ask residents where improvements should be made, the Mesa Middle School area received the biggest response, said Louis Najar of the city’s Engineering/Capital Improvement Department.
“This is probably the most needed of the projects,” said Councilor Jimmy Craig. “Kids have to walk in the streets; it’s extremely dangerous.”
Approval of the resolution authorizes Mayor Del Jurney to prepare and submit the application and represent the city during its participation in the CDBG Program.
The council also voted to create a parking lot out of the section of 10th Street between Pennsylvania and Richardson avenues to allow parking for DeBremond Stadium, outdoor special events and overflow parking for the Civic Center.
Councilor Steve Henderson said this is an idea the city’s been trying to fulfill for 20 years. “I’ll be interested in the completion of this project,” he said.