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4/20/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
DeWitt PD in final stages of CALEA accreditation

By Mary Rueter
Managing editor

A 40-minute DeWitt City Council meeting Monday, April 15, was followed by a public comment period at which remarks regarding the DeWitt Police Department were recorded by two auditors representing The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

The local police department is seeking to become one of a relatively small number of departments to be certified as meeting the "gold standard of law enforcement" through the delivery of enhanced public safety services and management professionalism.

Preparation for the accreditation process has been ongoing for over two years and will culminate in the announcement of newly accredited departments at the CALEA Conference in Columbus, Ohio, July 31-Aug. 3.

Other business

In other council business Monday:

•Mayor Don Thiltgen reported city forester Kevin Rice was recognized by the Tree City USA program recently.

•City administrator Steve Lindner reported the parks and rec department is working with Friends of Off-Road Cycling (FORC) to establish a dirt path at Westbrook Park.

•The council set Monday, April 29, as the date for a committee of the whole streets and alleys meeting.

•Council members approved a policy establishing a $300 per month vehicle allowance for the city administrator. The stipend had been approved during budget meetings.

•The 26th annual Paul Skeffington Memorial Race will be held Saturday, June 15, at 6 p.m. The council approved a new route that begins near Barnes Foodland on Tenth Street and goes west to 11th Street, where the south lane of the street will be closed as far as Westbrook Park. The race utilizes the Skeffington Trail and then retraces the route, returning to the finish line near the community center. The south lane of 11th Street will be closed approximately 5-7 p.m.

•The north bridge on the Skeffington Trail is scheduled for replacement this year at a cost of approximately $50,000. The council approved a contract for engineering services with IIW Engineers and Surveyors P.C. at a cost of $28,800, which includes a topographic survey, preliminary design plan, final design and contract documents, construction administration and resident services during construction.

•The annual "Celebrate the Young Child" parade will be held Friday, May 3, at 10 a.m., starting in front of The Observer office and continuing to Lincoln Park via Sixth Avenue. The council approved a temporary street closure for the parade.

•In observance of the 30th anniversary of the DeWitt Fitness Center, the parks and rec commission will sponsor a "Revive After Five" event with the DeWitt Chamber and Development Co. The council approved funding the event from parks and rec's travel and meeting line item.

•The council also approved moving up the purchase of three laptop computers to facilitate the use of debit/credit cards for swim lesson registration. The purchase is funded in the 2013-2014 budget, which takes effect July 1.

•A $400 donation to the youth baseball program will provide the additional costs of purchasing two portable pitching mounds that were budgeted at $4,000. The cost including delivery is $4,394.

•The council tabled action setting the terms of employment for DeWitt's newest police officer, Matthew Whalen.

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