The town of Hanover approved an agreement Tuesday night that will put school resource officers in the Southwestern Schools.

Earlier this year, Indiana provided grant funding for schools to have officers on campus.

The Southwestern Schools board accepted a $50,000 matching school security grant in November. The grant will allow the school district to hire two school resource officers and purchase new security equipment for its school buildings.

Under the contract, the school would cover the officers' salaries, while the town would cover worker compensation issues.

Town Marshal Ron Kroger said the two officers would be classified as special deputies.

There would be one deputy for the high school and another for the elementary school.

Kroger said he hopes to get the program started early next year.

"We're hoping to get things going in January," he said.

In other business:

• The town approved a $1,900 contract with Pike's Tree Repair for the removal of a dead maple tree and stump that is in a town alley.

The company also will clear out another portion of the alley for the town.

At its last meeting, the council heard from a resident whose house and car have been damaged by the tree's fallen limbs.

• Street Superintendent Scott Williams reported that the town's leaf removal will be complete by the end of the week, weather permitting.

• The town agreed to hire Danny Kramer as its building inspector. Kramer currently works for the town and now will take over the building inspector duties, as well. The position comes with a 50 cent raise.

Earlier in the night, the council had reworked its building ordinance to set the inspector's maximum salary at $13.50 an hour.

• The board appointed councilwoman Treva Shelton to the Jefferson County Industrial Development Corp. board. Margaret Seifert, a former council member, had been the town's representative but has resigned.

• The town's next meeting will be Dec. 16 at 6 p.m.