At the Rosenberg City Council workshop meeting, Police Chief Jonathan White presented his monthly police report.

White said that Group A crimes are down 7% in comparison to April of last year despite the department receiving more calls overall.

Group A crimes include robbery, shoplifting, homicide/manslaughter, sex crimes, aggravated assault, burglary, criminal mischief and animal cruelty.

In April, the police department received 8,403 calls, according to White. In April 2019, the communications division received 7,525 calls, equating to a 12% increase this year over last.

Through the pandemic, the department also provided city court security, delivered Meals on Wheels, conducted background investigations on police officer applicants, and received donated personal protective equipment and sanitizer from various businesses and citizens in the community.

“We’re still operating under special circumstances to mitigate the risk of infection or spread in the police department,” White assured council.

In other business, Animal Control Director Mara Hartsell told council that there are only 31 cats and dogs in the shelter.

According to Hartsell’s monthly animal shelter report, one dog and two cats were euthanized in April.

Eight cats and 28 dogs were adopted from Rosenberg Animal Control and Shelter in April.

Mayor Bill Benton asked if the shelter was open to the public.

“We are not open in the traditional sense,” Hartsell revealed. “People are not coming inside the building or the facility.

“We are wearing masks and meeting people outside while doing social distancing.

“People who are interested in adoption — we can still do that. We have an animal on a six-foot leash. They get acquainted with the animal. If they choose to do adoption, we can do it online. We don’t have to touch them.”

Rosenberg Animal Control is located at 1207 Blume Road.

The next council meeting will be June 2 at City Hall, located at 2110 Fourth St.

Citizens will be allowed to attend council meetings, but must first be screened for symptoms associated with COVID-19, including a temperature check; and must wear a protective mask while in Rosenberg City Hall.

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