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Grovetown officials approve new police dog, city plan

Posted: February 10, 2016 - 12:02am

Grovetown officials approved Monday a new member for the Grovetown Department of Public Safety.

City council members agreed at Monday’s monthly meeting to accept a donation of a new canine Belgian Malinois puppy.

The current department canine, Roscoe, is about eight years old and beginning to have hip trouble. But having a canine and handler on staff is an asset, said Capt. Scott Wheatley.

“We can call on them and not have to wait for another agency to bring one out,” Wheatley said.

The puppy is being donated and trained by Matt Hammond, of Quality K9 Concepts in Grovetown.

“It’s going to be a lengthy process,” Wheatley said, adding the puppy will be trained and put into service to replace Roscoe.

Leaders also approved a resolution to adopt the city’s updated Comprehensive Plan, which plans the priorities for the city from 2016 through 2026. The updated is required every 10 years.

“It’s pretty much in line with what we’ve talked about in the past,” Frank Neal, the city’s director of Planning and Community Development.

One of the goals for the plan is to create a master plan for trails in the city, pedestrian and bicycle, to increase the amount of trails and promote more connectivity.

Neal said the plan also focuses more on the city’s “character areas,” as defined in the city’s Urban Redevelopment Plan, including the downtown, the city center.

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