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Neighborhood watch possible for Staunton

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Rob Gambill
STAUNTON -- In the near future, the town of Staunton may have a neighborhood watch set up.

Recently, Clay County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Rob Gambill said town residents had inquired about setting up a watch system.

Gambill, who lives in Staunton, told the Town Council Monday he would help organize and volunteer.

"To have a neighborhood watch, you have to have a volunteer," Gambill said. "I'd be willing to do that."

Gambill said according to the National Sheriff's Association, a neighborhood watch program must have a law enforcement sponsor. In addition, a member of the community has to volunteer to help organize the watch system.

Gambill said a handful of Staunton residents recently expressed interest in the program.

"We had some citizens ask for it," he said, adding some window peeping incidents took place during the winter months in the town.

Gambill said those interested in taking part would also undergo training for the program and added it would be open in the entire township.

"It's not where we get a bunch of people, deputize them and they spy on their neighbors," Gambill told the council.

He said the hope was to begin meeting at the Staunton Community Center and from there, move to homes of those involved in the program.

The council agreed to let the first few meetings take place in the center. Gambill added he would set up fliers to hand out and place strategically around town to let residents know when the first meeting would be, adding it might take place in early June.

Gambill said currently, there are no neighborhood watch programs set up in Clay County. He said one existed in the early 90s, but eventually drifted away.

"We're open if more communities are interested in neighborhood watches," he said, adding his e-mail is rgambill@claycountyin.gov for communities with interest.

Staunton Town Council President Andy Kirchner said some citizens have expressed interest in a neighborhood watch before.

"It's come up a couple of times," he said.

Meanwhile, Posey Volunteer Fire Department representative Earl Hutcheson asked the council if it would be OK for the department to temporarily place a storage building on the asphalt parking lot at the previous town council building.

Hutcheson told the council the department recently signed the contract to begin building its new building, but needed to move the storage building temporarily.

Hutcheson asked if the department could move the building Saturday morning, to which the council said that was fine.

Hutcheson said the moving of the building could take place at 8 a.m., Saturday, and may require some roads to be temporarily unusable.

In other news, the council:

* Informed residents there was no cleanup day scheduled as of yet, but an event could take place in the future.

The Staunton Town Council meets regularly on the second Monday of each month at the Staunton Community Center. Its next regularly scheduled meeting is set for 7 p.m., Monday, June 13.

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What happened to the Town Marshall?????

-- Posted by Schraderfan on Thu, May 12, 2011, at 9:19 AM

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