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CAT eyes peer court

by Merrie Leininger

The Community Action Team met Thursday afternoon and discussed progress in the community policing programs started with the help of a federal grant.

Peer court is a sentencing option students can choose after admitting to minor infractions involving bullying, fighting and intimidation. The court will be run by 10 students who interviewed for the position.

They will deliberate about proper punishment for their peers such as community service work.

Deputies on the repeat offender team will do follow-up with students who refuse to serve their sentences, said Greg Shields of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

It will also be deputies’ job to bring parents in if students fail to meet their requirements.

The members of the peer court and the Community Action Team will be able to get free dispute resolution training in April as part of the project.

n The 19 people at the meeting also heard an update from Martie Graham-Jones of the Family Support Council about the teen/community center and fund-raising for the domestic violence shelter.

She said about $130,000 of the start-up goal of $300,000 has been raised. She said the location of the home and whether it will be built or an existing home will be bought has not been determined. She said the site of the house will be kept a secret for safety purposes.

The fund-raising continues with the Hearts and Flowers dinner-dance and auction tonight at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden.

n Kirk Streeter of code enforcement said the outlying area clean-up team has identified some areas that have been treated as a dump, but unless the area residents make a commitment to help the team clean the area up, and unless the owner of the land can be identified, the team cannot act on its own. He encouraged residents to come forward with their complaints.

n The next CAT meeting will be held at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office 3 p.m. April 15.