Community Action Team meets |

Community Action Team meets

by Merrie Leininger

The CAT team hopes to purr its way into the heart of the community. Community Action Team is a group of concerned students, parents, law enforcement members and “people from every walk of life,” said member Erin Bell.

The one common factor in all members is they all care about solving problems in the community.

Bell is a the incoming student body president and a senior at Douglas High School. She joined the fledgling group at the suggestion of her principal.

“After the first meeting I thought it was a good way to stay in touch and have a voice in some of issues in community,” she said.

The group formed with the help of a community policing grant, said Douglas County Sheriff Office Sgt. Stan Lamb. A group of about eight adults went to a training session in Winnemucca six months ago.

The training session was intended to teach team-building and problem solving.

The group came back with the idea of broadening its membership base and opened the meetings to the community.

Thursday will be the group’s sixth meeting, held at 9 a.m. at the Sheriff’s Office training room.

“We gather and discuss current issues we are dealing with in Douglas County and just put our heads together,” Bell said.

She said one of the issues they have discussed in the past was the high number of traffic violations by students.

Each meeting is hosted or facilitated by a different person.

“It is very loose,” Lamb said. ” No person is in charge. We rotate who the host or hostess is.”

The meetings are once a month either at the high school or the sheriff’s office and last about two hours. This meeting will be chaired by Bell.

On the agenda for the meeting is the domestic violence project. The Community Action Team is working with the Family Support Council and other organizations to establish a safe house for women victims of domestic violence and their children.

Lamb said the team is also looking at follow-up and intervention and working with the District Attorney’s office.

Thursday the group will also discuss getting a skateboard park in the area and talk about the school grant project the group hopes will allow result in a peer court.

The group is still actively pursuing involvement with other projects such as a domestic violence information line and TRIAD, a group that deals with senior citizens issues.

Thursday’s Community Action Team meeting is open to the public. For information, contact Lamb at 782-9075.

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