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City Council members in University City vote against citizens' task force

10:39 PM, Nov 26, 2012   |    comments
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By Elizabeth Matthews

University City, MO (KSDK) - After a rash of violent crimes, including the shooting of a 17-year-old girl, the mayor of University City is hoping to get citizens involved in battling crime.

The mayor's suggestion is to create a citizens' task force, but Monday night the city council voted against the idea.

Mayor Shelley Welsch and two council members were in favor of the task force, but the majority of the council voted against it, taking the stance that they the city council is a "task force."

In June, an innocent victim was killed on her front porch surrounded by her family. Seventeen-year-old Destinee Clemons was shot to death during a drive-by shooting. Then, just down the road, a mother and her son were killed on the sidewalk.

"Making a community safe in fact and in feeling does not just involve a top down approach from the police chief down," said Mayor Welsch.

That was the goal by the mayor. She says something has to be done and wanted to get the community involved by forming a citizens' task force.

The city council on the other hand didn't agree with her, but they did vote for a marketing company to look into a strategy to promote crime prevention and awareness.

Blueberry Hill co-workers Jessica Johannsen and Anhtuan Nguyen agree it could only help.

"Probably would promote a greater sense of community," said Johannsen.

"It's worth a try I think it's worth a try anything to make things better is always a good thing I guess," said Nguyen.

The idea of a task force has come before the council before, two years ago, but nothing ever happened.

Other discussion Monday night by the council included adding more police officers and more security cameras in the loop.


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