YPD gets $260K grant for con­nec­tion to gun-crime solv­ing net­work

Yuma Sun - - FRONT PAGE - BY MARA KNAUB @YSMARAKNAUB

The Yuma Po­lice Depart­ment will re­ceive a $260,000 grant for the pur­chase of hard­ware that will al­low con­nec­tiv­ity to fed­eral agen­cies.

Dur­ing the Wed­nes­day meet­ing, the Yuma City Coun­cil au­tho­rized City Ad­min­is­tra­tor Greg Wilkin­son to ac­cept the fund­ing from the U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice Tech­nol­ogy In­no­va­tion for Pub­lic Safety.

The money will be used to buy Brasstrax and Match­point hard­ware for con­nec­tion to the Na­tional In­te­grated Bal­lis­tics In­for­ma­tion Net­work and the Al­co­hol, To­bacco and Firearms Na­tional Cor­re­la­tion Cen­ter.

YPD has par­tic­i­pated in NIBIN for more than eight years. The net­work helps po­lice solve gun crimes by cat­a­loging and match­ing dig­i­tal im­ages of brass cas­ings ejected from firearms re­cov­ered at crime scenes and test­fired from ev­i­dence guns.

NIBIN has as­sisted YPD in solv­ing “nu­mer­ous” firearms of­fenses and drive-by shoot­ings, ac­cord­ing to a staff re­port.

The fed­eral funds were made avail­able through the Ari­zona Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Com­mis­sion to be used to pur­chase the nec­es­sary hard­ware and soft­ware and pro­vide sup­port from the man­u­fac­turer.

YPD will use the soft­ware to im­age cas­ings, up­load data to

the ATF Na­tional Cor­re­la­tion Cen­ter and re­ceive in­for­ma­tion con­cern­ing on­go­ing crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions of gun crimes within the city. ACJC will trans­fer funds to the city and pro­vide grant ad­min­is­tra­tion and re­port­ing to the DOJ in ac­cor­dance with grant re­quire­ments.

The to­tal dol­lar amount of the grant is $289,853, of which $259,974 will be trans­ferred to YPD. The bal­ance of $29,879 will re­main with ACJC to cover ad­min­is­tra­tive costs. No match­ing funds are re­quired from the city. This grant agree­ment is in ef­fect from Jan. 1, 2019, to Sept. 30, 2020.

In other ac­tion, the coun­cil adopted an or­di­nance ad­dress­ing in­dus­trial waste and other waste­water dis­charges to ad­dress de­fi­cien­cies as noted by the Ari­zona Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Qual­ity.

Yuma has two treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties known as the Figueroa Av­enue Wa­ter Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Fa­cil­ity and the Desert Dunes Wa­ter Recla­ma­tion Fa­cil­ity. The fa­cil­i­ties are per­mit­ted to treat up to 12 and 3.3 mil­lion gal­lons of waste­water per day, re­spec­tively.

The ADEQ per­mits re­quire that the city adopt and im­ple­ment a pre­treat­ment pro­gram that meets the re­quire­ments of fed­eral reg­u­la­tions. The pre­treat­ment pro­gram reg­u­lates dis­charges by in­dus­trial users into the sewage col­lec­tion sys­tem. This pro­gram pro­tects the city’s waste­water treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties and re­duces the pos­si­bil­ity of re­lease of con­tam­i­nants to the en­vi­ron­ment, ac­cord­ing to a staff re­port.

In­spec­tions by the U.S. En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency and ADEQ had noted that Yuma’s sewer use or­di­nance does not meet the re­quire­ments of the cur­rent state and fed­eral pre­treat­ment reg­u­la­tions.

ADEQ noted de­fi­cien­cies re­lated to an­ti­quated lan­guage, con­tract­ing with other ju­ris­dic­tions, civil penal­ties, crim­i­nal penal­ties and other rules and di­rected the city to up­date its code to be in com­pli­ance with cur­rent stan­dards.

The newly adopted reg­u­la­tions will al­low the city to im­ple­ment and en­force all re­quire­ments. The new or­di­nance con­sol­i­dates and clar­i­fies ex­ist­ing reg­u­la­tions, up­dates lo­cal waste­water dis­charge lim­i­ta­tions, in­cor­po­rates new fed­eral reg­u­la­tions, and fol­lows model or­di­nance lan­guage de­vel­oped by the EPA.

Ex­ist­ing busi­nesses in the city will not be neg­a­tively im­pacted and new busi­nesses will not be at a com­pet­i­tive dis­ad­van­tage be­cause of the changes, the re­port noted. Cur­rently 23 busi­nesses in the city are sub­ject to the pre­treat­ment pro­gram. Staff will con­tinue to com­mu­ni­cate with these busi­nesses on changes to the pro­gram, the re­port added.

Staff also in­tro­duced an or­di­nance au­tho­riz­ing an­nex­a­tion of prop­erty lo­cated at the south­east corner of Av­enue 9E and 24th Street. The coun­cil also ap­proved, as part of the consent agenda, an In­fra­struc­ture and Ser­vices Re­port for the area iden­ti­fied as the Patag­o­nia An­nex­a­tion.

The an­nex­a­tion area to­tals 51.8 acres and con­sists of seven properties and six own­ers and the ad­ja­cent Av­enue 9E right-of-way. One par­cel is the rail­road right-of-way.

Ac­cord­ing to a staff re­port, the city re­ceived a re­quest from KDC of Yuma LLC to an­nex the six properties. In 2014, KDC of Yuma, the de­vel­oper of the parcels, split four lots from the larger par­cel to de­velop four sin­gle-fam­ily homes. The 40,000-square­foot de­vel­op­ment is named Patag­o­nia.

One par­cel has been pur­chased and a home is un­der con­struc­tion. The rest of the properties are un­de­vel­oped. The larger re­main­ing par­cel has lim­ited de­vel­op­ment po­ten­tial as a re­sult of easements for the West­ern Area Power Author­ity, El Paso Nat­u­ral Gas, and Yuma for a wa­ter line. Of­fi­cials an­tic­i­pate that a fu­ture sub­di­vi­sion and home con­struc­tion will occur con­sis­tent with those easements.

Ap­proval of the In­fra­struc­ture and Ser­vices Re­port ful­fills the state re­quire­ment to have an ap­proved plan to pro­vide the an­nexed ter­ri­tory with ap­pro­pri­ate lev­els of in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vices to serve an­tic­i­pated new de­vel­op­ment within 10 years of an­nex­a­tion.

Dur­ing dis­cus­sion at a Tues­day work ses­sion, Deputy Mayor Gary Knight asked whether the home cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion is be­ing built to county codes. Jen­nifer Al­bers, a city prin­ci­pal plan­ner, replied that yes, as the county is­sued the ini­tial per­mits. How­ever, when it’s com­pleted, it will have been an­nexed and the city will do the in­spec­tion for the oc­cu­pancy per­mit. Al­berts said she doesn’t an­tic­i­pate is­sues since the city and county codes are very sim­i­lar.

Knight also asked if the plan could ref­er­ence the bike plan that’s be­ing up­dated but hasn’t been adopted. Al­bers said that any new de­vel­op­ment would con­form with doc­u­ments cur­rently adopted.

Coun­cil­man Ed­ward Thomas asked whether the an­nexed area would be hooked up to the city sewer sys­tem. Al­bers noted that sewer is not a pos­si­bil­ity at this point.

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