In what proved to be somewhat of a preliminary to more possibly consequential meetings happening today, the Hope City Board on Tuesday had its shortest session on record this year, approving a police grant and a city surplus auction before quickly adjourning.

In what proved to be somewhat of a preliminary to more possibly consequential meetings happening today, the Hope City Board on Tuesday had its shortest session on record this year, approving a police grant and a city surplus auction before quickly adjourning.
Two meetings happening today, as the Hope Star hits distribution, are nearly simultaneous to each other in offices a mile apart, the Hempstead County Economic Development Corporation and the Hope Water & Light Commission.
While the Hempstead County Economic Development Corporation doesn’t normally conduct open meetings, the Hope Water & Light Commission, a public utility owned by the city, does have public sessions.
As reported previously in the Hope Star, HWL has been considering a proposal for the past 15 months to sell its public transmission lines, not to be confused with residential lines, with a Midwest-based company Gridliance as a possible buyer. SWEPCO has also made a proposal to the City of Hope in recent months, and although, the SWEPCO proposal has not been vetted publicly as the Gridliance one, the HWL Commission has been studying both.
The Hope City Board on a light agenda Tuesday dealt with approval of a Hope Police Dept. application for a federally funded grant program authorized by the Federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
City Manager Catherine Cook said, “This grant is commonly referred to as STOP (Stop Violence Against Women).”
Hope Police Chief J.R. Wilson said, “STOP funds are eligible to be used by law enforcement agencies to provide services pertaining to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence against adult women. The Hope Police Dept. has HPD has participated in this grant program for approximately 10 years.”
Wilson said the grant pays 50-percent of one city detective’s wages to address domestic crime. The Board unanimously approved the application.
The only other agenda item was a declaration of salvage items set to be sold at a City Auction set for May 20. The declaration is a formally to declare old and used city property as surplus to be sold.
A wide range of items ranging from 6 bicycles and frames, 2 chalkboards, hardhats, 7 desks, 1 treadmill, 2 pallets of old fire dept turnout gear, weedeaters and blowers, fire extinguishers, office and misc chairs, 1 push mower, filing cabinets, old computers and printers, 1 big screen TV, and a 1963 model forklift (2000 lbs) are among the surplus to be auctioned off.
No other actions were taken, and such recent issues like the Graves property in downtown saw no discussion.
Board member Mark Ross did announced that the new Hope Downtown Network along with the Hope Lion’s Club were sponsoring a “Fish, Chicken and Movie” night in downtown on  Saturday, June 24.