On Tuesday, Zanesville’s City Council introduced an ordinance that if granted by the state, the police department would receive a traffic overtime grant of up to $37,455.51 that will cover 394 overtime hours.
"If approved, we should be able to put hours of overtime out on the streets in 2014, strictly traffic control, we can fill in for some areas or times where the state has requested additional officers. Especially holiday traffic when the traffic volume has greatly increased," said Chief Eric Lambes, of the Zanesville Police Department.
Chief Lambes says the overtime hours will be used on holiday’s like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, and for campaigns like Click It or Ticket. Lambes says the grant will allow the police department to address a lot of safety issues that need work.
"We’ve put some officers in school buses this year and school zones and we’d really like to expand on that and make the children feel safer and make sure that traffic is slowing down and make sure that everyone becomes used to slower traffic, we really want to work on that."
Chief Lambes says he should hear around the first of September whether the department received the grant.