AURORA | City public safety officials are asking the Aurora City Council to approve state grant applications that aim to help cover the cost of mental health services for police and to help them to bust illegal marijuana grows. 

The two separate grant applications, if approved during Monday’s meeting, will be submitted to the Department of Local Affairs. The programs have funds available for mental health services for police.  Aurora police department contracts with a psychological service and two clinicians.

Another grant would help investigators bust illegal marijuana operations. Aurora police are hoping DOLA funds will help replace vehicles and pay for the overtime used to investigated suspected criminal grows. The department expects to receive at least $360,000 in 2020 from the state for that, according to city documents.

For 2019 the department was allocated $654,000, which is paying for new equipment, training and overtime.

Council members are expected to give final approval for a handful of other measures: an execution stay on court-surrendered animals, easing food truck regulations and an ordinance aimed at reducing identity theft.

A public hearing will be held for a proposed 110-foot-tall clocktower in the Aurora Highlands development. 

— KARA MASON, Staff Writer