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COUNCIL <br /> DIGITAL RECORDING M <br /> CITY COUNCIL JOINT PLANNING SESSION MINUTES <br /> . FEB 19 1015 <br /> Saturday, February 7, 2015 <br /> A Joint Planning Session between the City Council, Mayor, and Department Directors of the City of <br /> Bremerton was called to order in the Cascade Room at the Gold Mountain Golf Course, Bremerton, <br /> Washington, Saturday, February 7, 2015, at 9:00 AM, with Council President Greg Wheeler <br /> presiding. Council Members present were Eric Younger, Roy Runyon, Dino Davis, Jerry McDonald, <br /> Leslie Daugs, and Mike Sullivan. Also in attendance were Mayor Patty Lent, City Attorney Roger <br /> Lubovich, Municipal Court Administrator Dawn Nelson, Parks & Recreation Director Wyn Birkenthal, <br /> Public Works & Utilities Director Chal Martin, Financial Services Director Cathy Johnson, Police Chief <br /> Steven Strachan, Fire Chief Al Duke, and Community Development Director Andrea Spencer. Lori <br /> Smith, Legislative Assistant was present to provide staff support. <br /> The following is a summarized list of the subjects and key points that were discussed: <br /> Public Safety <br /> • Increase public safety (Mike Sullivan) <br /> Requested more police officers, switching to LED street lights; and working with Puget Sound <br /> Energy(PSE) to improve light poles... <br /> • Are red-light cameras still necessary? (Leslie Daugs) <br /> A detailed packet of"Photo Enforcement"statistics would be provided soon to the Council... <br /> • Request Performance audiVreview of Fire Department (Eric Younger) <br /> This would be similar to the recently completed Police Performance Audit Review...Cost for a <br /> nationally accredited company is estimated to be approximately$12 to $15k depending on the <br /> scope of the work...Once a scope of work is established, then requests for proposals could be <br /> requested... Fire Department would be evaluated with shortfalls pointed out... Council asked if <br /> Administration can set-aside $20k next year for this purpose... <br /> • Revisit Regional Fire Authority efforts (Roy Runyon) <br /> It was established that Chief Duke will be the[only]point of contact with local Fire Districts... <br /> • Communicate more with Community Resource Officer (Dino Davis) <br /> Reminder was provided that "Block Watch Captains Meetings"are held monthly and are open to <br /> the public... Community Resource Officer Joe Sexton is also available to speak at District <br /> Meetings... Subjects of what is relevant to the citizens could be developed and then BKAT utilized <br /> (maybe quarterly?) to project the information...It was pointed out that that citizens have been <br /> using Facebook to report crimes... And that the Police Department has a Twitter account but not <br /> Facebook... It was also noted that young people, including the younger Police Officers don't even <br /> use the phone anymore— they text... CenCom doesn't have the capability yet to receive text or <br /> video... There's a transition right now where citizens are beginning to post their concerns, but <br /> Police Department is not able to monitor Facebook regularly... Possible goal is to request that <br /> State legislators figure out a way to deal with social media public records requests as newer <br /> technology is developed... Perhaps a link could be posted on Facebook and Twitter accounts for <br /> accurate reporting of crimes rather than just "posting"comments...It was summarized that more <br /> interaction can be utilized with Mr. Sexton and the Watch Captains, as well as with each District's <br /> assigned patrol officers... <br /> • (Added item) Request for new fire trucks (Fire Chief Al Duke) <br /> Cost for a bare bones engine is approx. $400k... Medicine (Medicare and Insurance) are looking <br /> for more and more ways to stop paying, with Fire Departments being pushed out of Emergency <br /> Rooms... And there will be even more changes over the next 5-years...Hotlines are being <br /> promoted now over calling 911... <br />