City Council Roundup | Sept. 4, 2018
Posted on 09/07/2018

The Newcastle City Council roundups offer a digest of notable items for those who can't make it to the regular meetings. Listen to the audio from the Sept. 4 meeting here and view the meeting agenda packet here. View past City Council roundups at newcastlewa.gov/councilrecaps.

— In a presentation to the City Council, Newcastle Police Chief Jason Houck shared that Part I crimes (which include burglary, larceny, robbery and auto theft) are down through the first half of 2018.

“We’re going in the right direction,” Chief Houck told the council.

There were 131 Part I crimes through the first six months of 2018, down from 152 at the same period in 2017. Burglaries and larcenies are also down, while dispatched calls for service have ticked up. View Chief Houck’s presentation to the City Council here.

— The City Council approved changes to the consolidated fee schedule. Updates were necessary to accurately reflect costs. Learn more about the changes here

— The City Council reviewed changes to the city’s financial policies and approved a series of amendments (specifically amendments 1, 2, 4 and 5 listed here). 

— The City Council continued reviewing a draft of a new comprehensive guidebook that centralizes information about the formal government structure in Newcastle and provides principles, policies and procedures for local elected officials. View the draft of the City Council Protocol Manual here

— Newcastle Mayor Allen Dauterman read a proclamation recognizing October as Domestic Violence Action Month.

The Newcastle City Council wants to hear from you! Members of the public are invited to share thoughts during public hearings or two open public comment periods at meetings. Regular meetings of the City Council occur on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at City Hall, starting at 7 p.m. You can also email your thoughts to councilmembers. To send a message to the entire council, email the city clerk at saram@newcastlewa.gov. You can also email them individually (view all councilmember emails here).

Updated Sept. 14, 2018.

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