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Grand Forks Police seek OK for night vision gear

While it has the funding all wrapped up, the Grand Forks Police Department still needs approval from the city before it can order two night vision scopes for weapons.

The purchase received preliminary approval from the City Council's Service/Safety Committee on Tuesday.

The scopes are priced at about $10,000 each and would be used by the Grand Forks Regional SWAT Team in situations involving dark environments.

The Police Department secured grant money for 100 percent of the price through the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services.

Stop signs

The committee also reviewed a city staff report listing action taken on resident requests for four-way stops at three intersections.

A permanent four-way stop is recommended for the intersection of South 20th Street and 11th Avenue South.

Traffic at the intersection had increased during this summer's Columbia Road construction project but has not returned to its pre-construction levels, according to Traffic Engineer Jane Williams.

Five accidents have been recorded in the past two years at the intersection. Williams said all five could have been prevented with a four-way stop.

Two other requests for four-way stops were rejected because the intersections did not meet federal requirements. Those intersections were Cherry Street's intersections with 40th Avenue South and 47th Avenue South.