Rocky Mount City Council members will consider a resolution to support President Barack Obama’s gun control plan Monday before Police Chief James Moore speaks about 2012 local crime statistics.
At the request of Councilman Andre Knight, Assistant City Manager Ann Wall drafted a resolution supporting Obama’s orders and urging legislators to work on solutions to gun violence across the country. Wall will present the resolutionand a look at limitations local governments face when it comes to considering gun-related ordinances.
Moore will speak at the 2 p.m. meeting about crime reduction efforts and results of his first year employed with the city.
“I am extremely proud of the department’s accomplishments over the past year, and I am encouraged that our continued efforts will see a reduction in crime in the city of Rocky Mount as well as improvement in overall department operations,” Moore said in a report to Wall.
According to the 2012 crime report, there was an overall 9.3 percent reduction in crime, compared to 2011 statistics. The report indicates there was a 26.5 percent increase in violent crimes, despite a 33.3 percent reduction in murders. Moore said police saw an increase in aggravated assaults and commercial robberies.
There were eight homicides in Rocky Mount in 2012, according to police reports. Five of those cases remain unsolved.
Planning and Development Director Ken Graves also will speak at the Committee of the Whole meeting about community appearance guidelines recommended by the Community Appearance Advisory Committee.
At the 4 p.m. Council meeting, there will be a public hearing regarding the use of installment financing to construct a $325,000 storage building at the fire department headquarters along with an estimated $4 million for the construction of an electric substation on Grayson Road.
Other action on the agenda for the meeting includes:
- The use of $30,000 from the general capital fund for Downtown Live!
- A $15,000 contract change order for relocating electric service and construction a dumpster pad for the Prime Smokehouse Restaurant on the Douglas Block.