Feb. 19, 2019 | 2018 Crime Stats, ARCH Update and More
Posted on 02/22/2019

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 Feb. 19, 2019, meeting here and view the meeting agenda packet here. View past City Council roundups at newcastlewa.gov/councilrecaps.

CHIEF HOUCK PRESENTS 2018 CRIME STATS

In a presentation to the City Council, Newcastle Police Chief Jason Houck shared that during 2018 there were fewer serious crime incidents in the city than in 2017.  There were 236 Part 1 crimes (including incidents like burglary, larceny, robbery and auto theft) in 2018, compared to 249 the year before. This all comes as the Newcastle Police Department received more than 2,000 dispatched calls for service, a nearly 300 call increase over 2017. 

Additionally, there were 18 fewer larcenies in 2018, and a good-sized drop (102 in 2017 and 75 in 2018) in the most common type of larceny — items taken from cars. The Newcastle Police Department also wrote 565 tickets in 2018, an increase of nearly 200 from the year before. The most common type of larceny also is one of the most easy for you to prevent by keeping valuables out of your vehicle.

You can view Chief Houck’s presentation to the City Council here and the fourth quarter crime stats here.

GENERAL UPDATES

— After a presentation from A Regional Coalition for Housing, the Newcastle City Council approved the group’s 2019 work plan. ARCH is a partnership of King County and East King County cities that have joined together to assist with preserving and increasing the supply of housing for low– and moderate-income households in the region.

— Casey Desmond, Waste Management’s public sector manager for Newcastle, delivered a presentation discussing the waste hauler’s 2018 annual report. The presentation highlighted WM’s participation in community events, education and outreach efforts, and diversion rates for the year.

— The City Council approved a grant agreement with the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board that will allow Newcastle to convert all city-owned streetlights to LED. They approved a previous grant agreement covering the city’s PSE-owned streetlights, so the action during the Feb. 19 meeting ensures all of Newcastle’s approximately 950 streetlights will get the LED treatment. We’ll post more information on our website once the conversion process starts.

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). 

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